Mapping Colonial Copenhagen: paid 4 month website development position with potential MA thesis topic

ETHOS Lab is part of a recently funded Europeana research project called Mapping Colonial Copenhagen. The project is being conducted in collaboration with The Royal Library, the Uncertain Archives project, the Past’s Future project, and the author Lene Asp. We are currently seeking a student for 4 months, from end of February- end of May 2017, to be responsible for the implementation of an interactive mapping website.

The objective of the Mapping Colonial Copenhagen project is to create an interactive map of Copenhagen, in order to highlight and investigate Danish colonial heritage. Since 2017 marks the centennial of the sale of the Danish West Indies (present day US Virgin Islands) to the United States, there will be a special emphasis on locations and information connected to the Danish West Indies. This collection was recently digitised by the Royal Library and has been integrated into the Europeana collections. The interactive map that you create will act as an instrument linking the past to the present, demonstrating how there are still links to the past in the webs of today’s city fabric. An example of a similar project can be found here.

About you
It will be relevant for you to already be working with or having experience with visualising GIS maps with multiple language functions. There are no preferences as for programming languages but we imagine that you as a minimum can code in JavaScript, craft visualisations in D3.js, Leaflet or equivalent and have app development experience.

The person hired for this position will work with ETHOS Lab and our collaborators to:

o Set up the domain website
o Technically code a prototype of a visualised, interactive map, including English and Danish functionality, geo-locations feature points with photos, text and map location (prototype may have dummy examples for midway workshop)
o Engage with partners in discussing and developing the map
o Handling multiple data-types in a map-setting
o Respond to feedback and keep deadlines
o Develop integration of different media for display and preparing it for possible further app development
o Finalising the map on the website for public use
It is necessary for this project that you can keep to deadlines, and that you have good communication and presentation skills. Ideally, you will also have an interest in critical mapping studies, experience working in an interdisciplinary environment and working collaboratively.

Ideally, you see this project as a potential for developing this paid work into a MA thesis project in Autumn 2017 (i.e. 3rd Semester students).

Timeline and important dates
The job is for approximately 200 hours, in average 10-15 hours per week but may not be divided as such.

There are some milestones already known:
March 2017 You will be expected to deliver progress reports and attend a joint workshop where you will present and receive feedback on the concept development.
April 2017 The deadline for delivering a prototype to serve as a starting point for discussion
May 31st 2017 Final map-launch with a reception

This sounds great. How can I apply?
Please submit 3 documents via email to mblo[at]itu.dk as soon as possible and no later than March 1st. You may be called to interview (in person or via Skype) shortly afterwards. Read more about the position and ethos lab here.

o Your CV
o Your portfolio – this may be annotated links to websites you have made, showing your capacity to develop a website and/or interactive map
o A motivated cover letter detailing your interest in the position, key previous experience, time management skills and ability to conduct the work in the proposed timeframe. Please also indicate here whether you would be interested in developing this work into a MA thesis in Autumn 2017.