Fully Funded Phd Position: Open Data Journalism And Usability (Esr 9)

Universities and Institutes of Greece

Greece

August 19, 2021

Description

  • Organisation/Company: University of the Aegean(UoA)
  • Research Field: Information science › Other
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 19/08/2021 20:00 - Europe/Athens
  • Location: Greece › Karlovasi
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 10/01/2022
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Reference Number: 955569
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 955569
  • Are you passionate about research with a societal impact? Are you interested in Data Journalism? Do you want to work with a Newsroom team and become part of an excellent, world-leading team of engaged open data researchers and practitioners? Check out this position!

    This fully funded PhD position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled "ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem" (see www. odeco-research.eu). ODECO is a four-year project involving 15 PhD projects covering each a specific part of the open data ecosystem. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystems.

    Current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. Open data ecosystems are often developed in different domains in isolation of each other and with little involvement of potential users, resulting in approaches that significantly limit open data reusability for users. This reduces innovation and the ability to create new valued added goods and services. Isolated domains also undermine interoperability for users acting as a barrier to data sharing. Efforts are also uncoordinated in open data training and research, where multidisciplinary approaches are scant.

    Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.

    The offered PhD position is to develop an open data quality validator including government and other data. By collecting, analysing and comparing open data from multiple sources (public and private) of information, this ESR will:

  • Examine not only the quantity, but also the quality of open data offered by public institutions.
  • Review and crosscheck that open data become public according to both legal and ethical rules.
  • Analyse social media as an open data source/user and as a democracy pillar are destined to fail if no credibility is guaranteed.
  • Identify and document fake news' extent in Twitter and the multiple dimensions of hoax.
  • Design/develop a copy/paste checker, locating media that are misleading readers and/or violating systematically the applicable copyright properties.
  • Use Open Data as a source to support Data Journalism projects.
  • During the PhD, the candidate will conduct this research and prepare scientific articles presenting the research at conferences and in journals. To enable the candidate to do this successfully, FAROSNET (Huffpost Greece) will offer an opportunity to develop further research skills, working closely with its Newsroom team. The candidate will be working together and exchanging with experienced News Editors. Data Journalism, Fake News, Open Data as a News source, and Media credibility should be fields of interest.

    During the PhD, the candidate will conduct this research and prepare scientific articles presenting the research at conferences and in journals.

    Benefits

    All benefits of Horizon Marie Curie ITN projects are applied.

    A full-time fixed-term contract is offered. Marie Curie ITNs provide competitive financial support to the ESR including: a competitive monthly living and mobility allowance, coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the ESR in research and training activities (contribution to research-related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.). The recruited researcher will have a regular contract with the same rights and obligations as any other staff member of the company.

    The candidate should start as early as possible. A late start date might reduce the employment period.

    Furthermore, to enable the candidate to conduct his/her research successfully, University of the Aegean offers personal and professional training courses in the form of a graduate and summer school as well as personal training courses, in which the candidate will participate (the fee is paid by the project and there are no additional costs for this). Furthermore, in addition to her/his scientific supervisors, the applicant will receive an independent senior researcher as mentor, to aid her/his personal career development.

    As a Marie Curie ITN researcher, you will have the opportunity to conduct practical internships at world leading universities and case studies at excellent open data companies (for example, DERILINX) through the EU ITN network.

    The PhD degree will be awarded by the University of the Aegean.

    www. odeco-research.eu

    Eligibility criteria Selection process

    To apply, you should submit via email to:hr@huffpost.gr:

  • A short cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD as part of ODECO, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory.
  • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency)
  • Diploma
  • Transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • A sample of writing, e.g., master thesis, scientific publications, professional or popular science writing
  • English language certificate(s)
  • 2–3 recommendation letters or contact details of references
  • The first round of interviews will probably take place between September 6 and September 23. The second round of interviews will probably take place between October 11 and October 22.

    Additional comments

    For more information about this vacancy and the selection procedure, please contact Prof. Yannis Charalabidis (Full professor), yannisx@aegean.gr, tel: +30 6974142112 or Dr. Charalampos Alexopoulos, Senior Researcher, email: alexop@aegean.gr, tel: +30 6972425051.

    Required Research Experiences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
  • Information science

  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
  • 1 - 4

    Offer Requirements
  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
  • Information science: Master Degree or equivalent

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
  • ENGLISH: Excellent

    Skills/Qualifications

    FAROSNET (supported by the University of the Aegean) will recruit prospective talented researchers of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age.

    Since this PhD position is part of a Horizon Marie Curie ITN project, several hard selection criteria apply to be eligible:

  • You comply with the early-stage researcher definition: at the time of recruitment (January 2022), you must be in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You comply with the mobility rule, meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (January 2022).
  • You are expected to be embedded for 3 months at other organizations in Denmark and Italy in the consortium as part of placements and assignments; secondments.
  • In addition, the candidate must have a master's degree in public administration, information science, engineering, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methods is expected and experience with quantitative research methods is 'nice to have'. Use of Greek language is ‘nice to have'.

    Specific Requirements

    This research profile includes individuals doing research under supervision in industry, research institutes or universities. It includes doctoral candidates. Researchers with this profile will:

  • Carry out research under supervision;
  • Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline;
  • Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study;
  • Have demonstrated the ability to produce data under supervision;
  • Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
  • Be able to explain the outcome of research (and value thereof) to research colleagues.
  • Desirable competences
  • Develops integrated language, communication and environment skills, especially in an international context.
  • Required Research Experiences Information Science Open Data Basic Research Experience (0-4 years)

    Additional Requirements Statistical Analysis Application development Data Journalism

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: University of the Aegean(UoA)
  • Department: Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering /Information Systems Laboratory
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // icsdweb.aegean.gr/is-lab/
  • E-Mail: info-islab@aegean.gr
  • Country: Greece
  • City: Karlovasi
  • State/Province: Samos
  • Postal Code: 83200
  • Street: Gorgiras & Palama St.
  • Mobile Phone: 0030-6972425051
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