December 18, 2013
GMDSP Code Fellow Vacancies

FutureEverything is looking for motivated technologists, data practitioners and technically minded social scientists who will relish the challenge of working on an exciting and ambitious  open data project. The 3 successful candidates will be employed as “Code Fellows” for 16 days distributed flexibly between the 3rd February and 11th April 2014. It is expected that the days worked will be flexible and therefore suited to freelancers, but also full-time individuals with scope for flexible working in their day job.

Project Background

FutureEverything, in partnership with Connected Digital Economy and Future Cities Catapults together with local authorities in Greater Manchester, is leading a programme to enable the release of linked open data across Greater Manchester. The programme is titled the Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme (GMDSP).

GMDSP is designed to enable change within the local authorities that will allow them to release data as linked open data in synchronisation with each other. In addition to the potential for novel applications, the knowledge gained from the programme will inform national open data practises, creating scope for implementation in other regions. It is therefore a significant opportunity for public minded technologists and innovators to contribute to UK open data and eGovernment.

Candidate Description

The programme presents an exciting challenge for each Code Fellow to act as a ‘Change Agent’. It is a role that will combine existing knowledge and potential for change within local authority IT departments with new knowledge and skills to catalyse public sector innovation.

The Code Fellow will be a forward thinking technologist or data practitioner, with an excellent balance of technical and people skills. The role is both collaborative and collegiate, and may appeal to individuals with a background in software coding and web development with a desire to make a meaningful contribution to public service.


Essential Requirements

  • Appreciation of data practice, the path that data takes through systems, practical knowledge of current digital and coding practice

  • Sufficient exposure to technology projects and understanding of an agile development process

  • Sympathetic to the challenges host organisations face in achieving the goals of the project.

  • Time management and communication skills

  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of linked data and an ability to understand the process and concepts involved with making data linkable

  • Ability to use scripting languages (PHP, Ruby, Python, etc.), data formats (XML, JSON etc.) and “back end” technologies such as database systems (MySQL, MongoDB, SPARQL, linked data, etc.) and web servers.



16 days between 3rd February and 11th April 2014

This timeframe allows scope for secondment for 1 – 2 days a week

Number of Code Fellow placements: 4

Salary: £200 per day for 16 days work = £3,200

Organising host: FutureEverything CIC, employed on a freelance basis

Host organisations:

Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Closing Date for Applications:

Monday 13th January 2014

Interview Date:

Week Commencing 20th January 2014

Application process:

Please send a covering letter and CV to

Further Information:


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