OKAPI Graduate Student Research Opportunity

Program Developer, Open Knowledge and the Public Interest
A Graduate Student Research Opportunity for the Fall 2007 Semester

Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI) is a new UC Berkeley program sponsored by the Chief Information Officer. The mission of Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI) is to promote public access to UC Berkeley’s research knowledge, educational resources, and community of scholars. We are looking for a graduate student to assist in strategic planning for this program.

This can be a paid (50% time plus fee remission, salary depends on experience) or unpaid (class units) graduate research position and we will gladly accommodate related class requirements and research interests. This position starts ASAP (early September) and ends on December 20, 2007, coinciding with the Fall 2007 semester.

The OKAPI Program Developer will

  • Survey potential stakeholders (email questionnaires and follow-up analysis), including campus partners, organizations, and end users, to clarify needs/opportunities and obtain feedback on strategy,
  • Conduct literature review to identify key issues facing field,
  • Conduct competition analysis, summarizing what our colleagues are doing and how we fit in,
  • Research and describe funding opportunities, and
  • Package above info into a report to share with program leaders, potential partners and funders.

Applicants should have

  • Background and strong interest in open content, technology and/or education,
  • Experience developing business and/or project planning documents,
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills,
  • Strong research and analytical skills, and
  • Relevant coursework and/or work experience.

We have a strong preference for students in School of Information, Management of Technology program, or other relevant UC Berkeley graduate program.

To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to OKAPI Program Manager Noah Wittman (wittman@berkeley.edu). Please feel free to contact Noah for questions or more information.

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