Call for Proposal: Establishing permanent web-presence of the Urban Nature Atlas

Position: 
Staff
Status: 
Part-time
Application deadline date: 
February 20, 2021
Starting date : 
March 1, 2021

Full- Or Part-Time: Part-time, until May 31, 2021

The Horizon 2020-funded Naturvation project at Central European University invites applications for a contractor to implement the transfer of the Urban Nature Atlas to a permanent site where it can be maintained in the foreseeable future and to assist with the integration of some of the Atlas’ functions in ways that requires as little maintenance effort as possible. The contract will start on March 1st, 2021 and run until May 31st, 2021.

About the Naturvation project:

In the face of global change and growing environmental, economic and social pressures in an increasingly urban world, sustainable development and resilience are more important than ever for cities in Europe and beyond. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are seen to hold significant promise in enabling the urban transition to sustainability and meeting sustainable development goals. NBS have potential to provide multiple benefits across a range of sustainability challenges facing cities – such as managing flooding, supporting improved health outcomes or increasing resilience in the face of a changing climate, among others. Yet despite their significant potential, the use of NBS remains marginal, incidental, and highly uneven. The Horizon2020 EU-funded NATURVATION project aims to bring the required branches of science and expert practitioners together to forge a unique transdisciplinary partnership capable of advancing the use of nature-based solutions in urban environments. Central European University is a member of the partnership consortium and is responsible for a range of tasks, including the coordination of the development of the largest database collecting NBS cases across Europe (Urban Nature Atlas), contribution to the development of an NBS Assessment Framework and the development of an online NBS scenario-building tool, which is the Urban Nature Explorer.

The Urban Nature Atlas (www.naturvation.eu/atlas) contains 1,000 different examples of nature-based solutions, from 100 European Cities. Primary data collection was carried out between June 2017 and August 2017 as a large-scale effort, involving 20 master’s students from CEU, Lund University and the University of Utrecht. The data collection was followed by two rounds of quality check and a database update during the summer of 2018. Another round of systematic update is currently under way. The Urban Nature Atlas is currently the largest data collection effort on nature-based solutions. To date, over 40,000 people have visited the Atlas and selected datasets of the Atlas have been provided to more than 30 specific researchers/projects for further analysis. With the end of the Naturvation project approaching on April 30th, 2021, the Naturvation project team at CEU is launching a call for proposal for programming service contractors to assist with the transfer of the Urban Nature Atlas database to an external website where it can be housed for the long run past the end of the Naturvation project.

Duties and responsibilities:

The contractor will support the Naturvation project team by undertaking the following activities:

  • Identify, and based on agreed criteria, propose a commercial service provider that can accommodate Drupal 8 databases for hosting the Urban Nature Atlas.
  • In cooperation with the project team, plan the transfer of the Urban Nature Atlas and identify changes required, if any, in its current set-up to ensure that it is operating smoothly in its new location.
  • Transfer the current version of the Urban Nature Atlas to the server of a commercial service provider in Drupal 8 in cooperation with Ecologic, the current host organization and Naturvation partner.
  • Update the Atlas features: Once the Atlas is transferred to the new platform, update its user interface to include the following features (2 weeks):
  1. Enable features for uploading new cases or updating existing cases by:

          a. Allowing project owners associated with each entry to edit their own content through a password protected interface.

         b. Enabling the secure submission of additional NBS projects.

         c. Ensuring secure project staff has access and editing rights of data sheets.

     2. Generate information:

        a. Enable the generation of NBS type factsheets (example: https://geocluster4nbs.nature4cities-platform.eu/#/nbs),

        b. Ensure the smooth functioning of the Atlas search function, either through a new search engine that is already prepared (a POC written in Javascript (vue.js) with an Elasticsearch backend) in Drupal, or by updating the previous Drupal search engine.

       c. Support regular data export from the database to an excel sheet or similar that the CEU research team can use for analysis and research.

  • Provide maintenance services to the database and the webpage of the Atlas during the contracted period: Once the Atlas is up and running on its new site, the project team may add new cases and if necessary, correct already uploaded information. The time required for this work is estimated at up to four hours per month.
  • Work in close cooperation with the project team and the UX/UI team that will implement changes in the current layout.

Timeline:

March 2021: Preparation for the transfer of the UNA from the naturvation.eu website.
April 2021: Transfer and creation of additional features.
May 2021: Launch of the updated UNA and starting of maintenance and promotion activities.

Qualifications:

  • Completed master’s degree in IT, or a minimum of five-years of experience in programming.
  • Experience in Drupal 8, JavaScript expertise is an advantage.
  • Experience with front-end development is an advantage.
  • Conversational level of English.

Compensation
Based on the Contractor’s financial offer. The contract is for 3 months.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • An updated CV.
  • Cover letter including a financial offer.

 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dora Almassy: Almassy_dora@phd.ceu.edu.

 

Please send your complete application package to:

advert013@ceu.edu- including code in subject line: 2021/013.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

For more information, please visit https://www.ceu.edu/.

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