Cato Institute Job Posting: Data Curator

by on April 9, 2012 · 5 comments

The Cato Institute’s jobs page has a new posting. If you have the right mix of data/technical skillz, public policy knowledge, love of freedom, and vim, this could be your chance to advance the ball on government transparency! [Added: For more background on Cato's transparency work, see this and this.]

Data Curator, Center on Information Policy Studies



The Cato Institute seeks a data curator to support its government data transparency program. This candidate will perform a variety of functions that translate government documents and activities into semantically rich, machine-readable data. Major duties will include reading legislative documents, marking them up with semantic information, and identifying opportunities for automated identification and extraction of semantic information in documents. The candidate will also oversee the data entry process and train and supervise others to perform data entry. The ideal candidate will have a college degree, preferably in computer science and/or political science, and experience using XML, RDFa, and regular expressions. Attention to detail is a must, with an understanding of U.S federal legislative, spending, and regulatory processes preferred.



Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to:



Jim Harper

Director of Information Policy Studies

Cato Institute

1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

Fax (202) 842-3490

Email: jharper@cato.org

Here’s an exclusive insider tip for TechLiberationFront readers. Don’t send your application by fax! That would send the wrong signal…

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