Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran, www.qajarwomen.org, is a digital archival project developed at Harvard and housed with the Library’s Digital Collection.The first version of the application was written in Ruby on Rails and is currently deployed. We are now working on the next version, which will boast several innovative features, such as deployment using Amazon's CloudFront CDN, elasticsearch and a NoSQL graph database (Neo4j) to provide rich semantic relationship between the various entities in the archive (items, people, places, etc).
What would you get out of this experience? Working with Vermonster (at their office, they practice pair-programming) on a cutting edge technology stack with real experience developing and deploying a "cloud application" will give you highly marketable experience. The technology you will be using is exactly what internet startups are using. Experience with an agile development team (we are using Kanban and Kaizen principles) will give you a big advantage over your peers after you graduate.
We are looking for someone who is first and foremost interested in the project, but also has some experience with the following:
* OSX / Linux - comfortable with command line tools
* Understanding of web application architecture (MVC, request-response cycle, etc)
* HTML (semantic, html5 even)
And a bonus if you any of:
* Working knowledge of Ruby
* Experience with the landscape of Amazon AWS tools and services
* RDBMS (Postgres, MySQL)
* Experience with git (source code version management)