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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London

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I've already tweeted this a few times, but I'm pleased to announce that, in partnership with PKP (and subject to finding the right candidate) we have a funded place for an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln to work on open source software for scholarly XML typesetting.

The University of Lincoln, in association with the Public Knowledge Project, is pleased to offer a funded place for the MSc by Research in Computer Science. The successful candidate will not only have his or her tuition fees covered, but will also receive a £2,500 tax-free bursary.

This funded place is designed to develop an open source tool for typesetting scholarly journal articles [“meTypeset”] that will be incorporated into the widely-used Open Journal Systems software. Building on existing work, the candidate will be expected to spend his or her time researching and developing relevant software engineering techniques to create a piece of production-standard software. The practical project element, structured over 9 months, will form the basis for a Masters-level dissertation piece written over the remaining 3 months.

Full details of the place can be found on the university website. We’re basically looking for candidates with expertise in:</p>

  • XSLT
  • XML
  • *nix environments
  • Python
  • PHP
  • Regular expressions
  • Test-driven development
  • Regression testing
  • git
  • Free/Open source licensing

The base for the project ("meTypeset") can be found over at GitHub.