Linked Data specialist

Linked Data specialist

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2 May 28 May Maastricht

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Do you have an eye for possibilities to link data in such a way that the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts? Then read on quickly, because you may be the Linked Data specialist we are looking for.

Job description

“Supporting your academic goals.” That is what we do at Maastricht University Library. One of those goals is navigating through scientific information. By making (meta)data available in our (collection) systems as Linked (Open) Data, we contribute to increasing (technical) possibilities for using this data in scientific research and education and/or for sharing scientific information with a wider audience. As a Linked Data specialist, you ensure that we make Linked (Open) Data available in such a way that it is optimally tailored to the needs of users and you look for connections with various parties within and outside the UM community for whom this data can be of added value.

Your work focuses on:

  • Creating a vision on Linked (Open) Data that fits well within UM, as well as within developments at other universities, (university) libraries and the heritage sector. You are responsible for developing a (technical) roadmap in consultation with your colleagues, in which sufficient attention is paid to both innovation and management.
  • Connecting IT and business. Together with colleagues, you make the University Library collections accessible in the University Library systems in an efficient manner, for example by means of linked (open) data. You take into account both the needs of the University Library colleagues who enter the metadata and those who use the data in research, education or otherwise.
  • Managing Omeka S. Omeka S(emantic) is an open-source web publishing platform. This includes (special) collections with a focus on linked (open) data. As a Linked Data specialist, you align the needs of users with the requirements and possibilities of this system. You also organise and facilitate consultations with key users, suppliers and users of Omeka S and other systems that support Linked (Open) Data and you translate the input obtained there into technical applications.
  • Identifying possibilities for the application of Linked (Open) Data and anticipating on these. You participate in national networks in the field of Linked (Open) Data and maintain close contacts with faculties within UM and with relevant external partners, so that you can respond to their needs by developing and implementing technical solutions.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use of our Linked (Open) Data. Initiate monitoring and, based on the analysis and evaluation, make data-driven decisions for the purpose of optimising processes and services and contribute to the technical realisation thereof.


Maastricht University (UM)


We are looking for you if you are someone who can translate user needs into system applications. You have strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills. You can make connections between various systems, (meta)data formats and standards and you have a strong organisational sensitivity. You have an enthusiastic attitude to work, you can provide advice and make decisions. You like to work in a team, you can also work independently and you are result-oriented. You are a connector. You preferably have experience in managing projects.

Furthermore, you have:

  • A master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • A good command of the Dutch and English language and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Basic knowledge of relevant (linked) metadata formats, exchange standards and platforms and (linked) data serialisation formats or the willingness and skills to acquire this knowledge in the foreseeable future;
  • Affinity with working with ontologies and vocabularies;
  • Knowledge of data transformation tooling (such as MarcEdit), exchange protocols (OAI-PMH) and working with APIs is a plus;
  • Knowledge of SPARQL is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

As a Linked Data specialist, you will work at the most international university in the Netherlands in the beautiful city of Maastricht. Furthermore, we offer you:

  • An interesting and challenging job for 30.4 hours per week (0.8 FTE).
  • A position that is classified in the UFO profile Consultant ICT. Depending on experience, you will be classified in scale 10 or 11 of the CAO NU (€2,960,- - €5,439,- gross per month, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • Space and facilities to develop yourself: personally and in the latest technology. This partly takes place in-house, but also with external (online) partners.
  • In addition to good primary employment conditions, there is also a nice package of secondary employment conditions. You can think of: flexible working hours, 232 holiday hours per year with a full-time appointment, a good pension scheme, the possibility of hybrid working (incl. facilitation of home office), the possibility to use sports facilities, and Collective Labour Agreement à la carte.
  • Appointment will initially be temporary for a period of 1 year. After this period, the contract will be extended for an indefinite period of time (upon proven suitability).

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. 
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Maastricht University Library

The Maastricht University (UM) Library aims to be an inspiring partner in research and education within the UM community. Our professional staff focusses on new types and forms of knowledge resources. We invest in state-of-the-art learning, research and meeting environments, both on campus and online. Our main target groups are students, teachers and researchers. 

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  • IT
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • €2960—€5439 per month
  • Higher professional education +
  • AT2023.129 ENG


Maastricht University (UM)

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