About us

The Common Approach to Impact Measurement is a community project with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.  One of the projects’ products is a data ontology for representing the social and environmental impacts of social purpose organizations (e.g. charities and Certified B Corps). We are looking for a computer science student to help us with this work.

The work

You will be creating products to support the adoption of the data ontology by social impact software companies. Examples of products are JSON-LD files with demo data and a table that maps our ontology to related standards such as Microsoft’s Common Data Model. Work will start at the end of April and continue through to the end of 2021.  We estimate up to 100 hours of work (approx. 3 hours /week) in several bursts of activity. We are inviting applicants at all levels of study.  Pay will be appropriate for level.

About you

You have (i) a track record of strong performance in computer science courses, (ii) experience using JSON-LD, and (iii) familiarity with OWI ontology web language. You have knowledge of, or are interested in learning about, the non-technical aspects of data ontology development such as committee-based standard-setting and data ethics. You are excited to use your skills to help solve some of the most intractable challenges of social impact (and you might even consider staying on full-time when you graduate…. if we can afford you.)

To apply: send a brief letter and a transcript (official or unofficial) to kate.ruff@carleton.ca.

The letter should clearly state your (i) performance in computer science courses, (ii) experience using JSON-LD, and (iii) familiarity with OWI ontology web language.