• Placement Reference #: EQU/2019/022
  • Careerwise Placement
  • Edinburgh
  • 29th March 2019

Website University of Edinburgh

About the University of Edinburgh’s ‘Information Services Group’:

The Information Services Group within the University of Edinburgh offers physical and digital services and manages projects across; IT, libraries and museums, learning, teaching and research technologies, and student study spaces. Our services are used across the University of Edinburgh, and also by external customers and business partners.

Why should you work for us?

We are an award-winning organisation committed to supporting the career development of young people, students & graduates. With staff and students from over 137 countries, we advocate values of internationalism and diversity. We provide a supportive environment for you to develop your professional skills and build a career. You will get the opportunity to innovate and contribute to services and solutions that make a real impact to our user community – throughout the University and beyond.

Job title:  Data and Visualisation Intern (Database of Scottish Witches)

Duration:   3 months (June to September 2019)

Reporting to:  Technology Enhanced Learning – Team Manager

Salary:    £9.54 per hour

Location:   Edinburgh

Placement Ref:  EQU/2019/022


Placement background:

The University of Edinburgh has a mission to “discover, develop and share knowledge”. This mission links with the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation’s vision “to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally”.

Working with our ‘Wikimedian-in Residence’, the intern will apply the principles of open scholarship by reusing open licensed content from cultural institutions whilst collaborating with a diverse online community.

Job description:

We are looking for an intern to help us develop a linked open-data set by:

  • Re-using pre-existing data and creating new data which allows geographical mapping of parts of the data set.
  • Developing other visualisations of the data which allow new, previously unknown, patterns in the data to be extracted and new stories and hypotheses about the data to be developed.

The intern will be asked to document processes and write regular blog posts in order to update the community on their progress.

For the successful applicant

The successful applicants can gain experience in:

  • Data science;
    • Data manipulation
    • Structuring and modelling data e.g. creating Wikidata statements
    • SPARQL
    • Data visualisation
  • Working with partner organisations/stakeholders e.g. Wikimedia UK
  • Open science/scholarship/OER; learn about licencing, democratising access to knowledge, reusing content, creating resources etc.
  • Project management.
  • Developing workflows and best practice.
  • Building a portfolio of skills that will enhance a CV.
Education/QualificationsStudying towards a degree in data science, computer science, information technology or another relevant discipline, 1st to 4th year students can apply 
ExperienceExperience in using a GIS application (such as QGIS or ArcGIS).

Experience in creating data visualisations, using GIS data or other types of data.

Understanding of linked data and how to tell stories through visualisations and interpretations of that data.

An understanding of emerging technologies in the area of GIS and mapping.

Experience in using databases to store and manipulate data.

Experience editing a Wikimedia project would be beneficial.


Skills/Personal Requirements · An interest in historic data.

· Excellent communication skills to clearly explain processes and document developments.

· An interest in the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft database.