Research Database Infrastructure Development

An international effort to give researchers unambiguous profiles of their academic accomplishments is ORCID, which provides unique IDs to scientific researchers and academics. Adoption of ORCID is limited by the limited productivity tools it offers which limits its value proposition. At Columbia we have been developing a database backed scientific research content management system called Regolith that allows progress towards research goals to be effectively tracked and reported. The summer project is ideal for a person interested in software development and data science for positive societal impacts. The project is to integrate Regolith with ORCID using the ORCID REST-API allowing the productivity tools of Regolith to make use of data in the ORCID databases, and vice versa, to automatically maintain the public-facing ORCID databases of researchers.

Position Dates: Summer 2022

Direct Supervisor: Simon Billinge

Lab: Billinge Lab

Hours per week: 40 hr/week

Number of positions: 1

Position is paid

Position is not available for credit

Position type: Hybrid (both remote and on site)

Qualifications: Python programming. Knowledge of databases and REST-APIs would also be an asset but not required

Eligibility: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Master's

SEAS students only: Yes

Simon Billinge, [email protected]