Thursday, 25 February 2010

Developer Help Required

Do you have an interest in how social tools may be used to support informal learning, and have experience developing with AJAX, Google APIs Netvibes or other widget architectures?

We have some funding from a previous project which needs to be used up by the end of July 2010 and would like to use it to undertake some development work to move our "Charting" ideas forward.

Charting is the mechanism by which an individual manages their interaction with the people and knowledge which contribute to their learning and development.

Whilst a short-term, full-time post based in Glasgow would be preferable, we are flexible about how the money might be used and would be open to creative suggestions. A key determinant is the short-time scale, so someone who can get started on the project as soon as possible would be particularly desirable.

The aims of the project are:

  • To analyse use cases, mockups and existing scenarios, and identify appropriate platform(s) for development. Although a number of platform options should be assessed, use of Google tools/APIs would be the preferred option should they prove suitable.

  • Development of proof of concept mini applications/widgets constituting a prototype charting system.

We expect the developer would have skills in the following:

  • a range of potential technical solutions. Web2.0 widgets, Web APIs such as Google, Netvibes UWA, Adobe Air/Flex, AJAX, Rich Internet Applications.

  • web programming experience, including client side scripting capabilities, web programming and experience with relational databases. Experience with web-centric technologies such as Universal Widget Architecture and AJAX, and Google APIs.

If you are interested in being involved, contact summarising your background and indicating your availability over the next 4 months.

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