The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking a Senior Application Developer for a full-time, salaried position to support the ongoing development and maintenance of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) for the Museum collections.
The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary, Asian and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings.
The AIC Collections DAMS, named LAKE, was launched in Spring 2017. LAKE is poised to become the Museum’s central repository for preserving, managing, accessing and publishing millions of digital assets related to the life cycle of all AIC collection items. LAKE will store very diverse kinds of digital assets and will be accessed by staff from over 25 departments with widely different access levels. LAKE is also meant to integrate with several existing applications and data sources as both a data provider and a data consumer.
LAKE is a groundbreaking effort by a major museum to embrace standards-based, community-driven open source software to build its core data repository. It is an exciting and challenging project requiring skilled, forward-thinking individuals with a strong commitment to its core values.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for developing, maintaining, deploying, testing and documenting software related to LAKE which consists of a serving as the main data store; an based on Hydra; an -based integration framework; triplestore and Solr indexes; a Python ETL framework used to migrate and synchronize data from other systems; and a set of mirror systems (Fedora, Solr, IIIF server) specifically aimed at serving web-published data.
Primarily focused on the Hydra front end and ETL scripts while also providing backup support for the other areas of the LAKE architecture.
Prioritize work according to tickets assigned via a bug tracking system (Redmine), update these tickets as work progresses, and request feedback via the same ticketing system when needed.
Review other developers' code, comment on commits and manage merging of pull requests and branches.
Monitor the health and performance of systems on which LAKE runs, help to configure new systems, upgrade local software packages and apply security patches promptly.Coordinate these activities with the Network Services and systems administration staff.
Provide realistic work estimates, deliver in a timely manner, collaborate with other team members on overlapping areas, and switch between different projects according to priorities.
Dedicate time to researching new technologies and keeping abreast of current tools, best practices and patterns used in relevant technologies as well as in the Digital Humanities fields. Attendance to conferences and other events related to museum and repository technology is expected.
Collaborate and initiate discussion with other team members on issues involving multiple areas of LAKE and other applications as needed. Interaction with communities supporting upstream projects is also expected – if necessary, participating in interest groups and working groups on topics shared with other institutions.
Maintain good working relationships with the Collections development team, other departments of the museum in order and occasionally with on or off-site contractors to identify and address system requirements.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In a...ddition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.