Wikidata Advisor (Consultant) position open

Posted by Tito Dutta at May 17, 2019 05:50 PM |
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The Access to Knowledge team of the Centre for Internet and Society is seeking applications for the position of Wikidata Advisor (consultant), to support its Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) Programme.

The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications from prospective candidates for the position of Wikidata Advisor, to support its Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K) Programme. 

The position will be either based in CIS’ Bangalore office No. 194, 2nd ‘C’ Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru, 560071, or the advisor may be remotely located (must be in India) also. 

Position summary

As a Wikidata advisor you will work closely with the CIS-A2K Team on the work-plan to improve and support Wikidata community in India.

Characteristics of a Project Advisor

  • High level of commitment: The person should believe in the values of CIS and Wikimedia projects, exude enthusiasm for the mission and can powerfully embody and communicate the mission.

  • Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Must enjoy tackling difficult, ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge into how one approaches situations and generates solutions, loves learning from others while expanding intellectual horizons.

  • Open and transparent: Have a high level of integrity and be comfortable working in a highly transparent fashion.

  • Strong cultural competency: Able to navigate in a global movement and on a global team in addition to navigating the complexity of India.

  • Willing to travel: The advisor must regularly travel within India to conduct and support Wikidata workshops and events. This also includes meetings with different institutions, and CIS team meetings.


A Wikidata advisor's responsibility includes but not limited to:
  • Supporting Indic Wikidata communities in all possible wiki-ways such as helping in community-planned Wikidata activities, 
  • Conducting national-level/zonal workshops in India 
  • Creating movement resources (such as handbooks, help videos, manuals) based on community needs-assessment 
  • Sharing Wikidata's global best practices among Indian communities, 
  • Wikidata India IRC conducting

 Eligibility criteria

  • The person must have knowledge about Wikidata project, Wikidata activities in India, different Wikimedia projects such as Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia etc
  • The person must have active involvement on Wikidata and experience
  • The person must have knowledge at least intermediate level knowledge about Sparql/query creation (required for workshops, and on-Wiki query support
  • The person must know about/have experience of working with tools like QuickStatement, Mix'n'Match, Tabernacle, OpenRefine and other important tools frequently used on Wikidata


  • prior experience of conducting Wikidata-related event (such as data-thon) will be considered a plus.
  • prior experience of working with database will be considered as a plus


Location: The position is based out of the CIS’s Bangalore office or remote (applicant must be residing in India during the working period)


Remuneration will be decided after selection. Expected monthly remuneration is around INR 32,000. As this is a consultant position, no other benefit is available


If you want to apply for this position, please send your CV and a letter to [email protected] (do not miss +wikidata2019 part from the email id, it is a filter for us). 

Your letter/document should narrate your experience and works in details. 

Please also write, what makes you interested to apply for the position, and some of your ideas to improve Wikidata projects in India. The last date apply for this position is 31 May 2019. Appointment will be based on expert opinion, and review.


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