QUERY: JOURNAL OF CRITICAL INTERNET STUDIES
WEB DEVELOPER BRIEFING
Query: Journal of Critical Internet Studies combines an open-access peer reviewed journal with a platform for reviews, responses, position papers, and objects of critical practice on concerns around internet-enabled media. The journal supports expanded research such as software applications, online video, digital animation, graphic design and net art. Query is published by the University of Amsterdam Press. The intended audience includes academic researchers in the fields of media studies, information studies, and computer science, and digital practitioners such as designers, artists, and programmers.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
We are currently seeking a web developer to build the journal’s website. The website will use the Open Journal Systems (OJS) (http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ojs
) CMS. Preference will be given to programmers already familiar with OJS or similar PHP-based systems. Pitches/resumes are due August 5th
. The pitch should include a price bid. We foresee this work will take between 50 and 200 hours for basic implementation, with the possibility of more hours should additional features be requested. Payment is contingent on experience and should range between 25-75 euros an hour.
The scope of the project includes the following:
o customizing front-end webpages (XHTML generated by OJS's template engine, Smarty) for posting dynamic journal content and archiving all published articles
o adapting OJS workflows for the journal’s requirements
o implementing and customizing a blog
o developing and implementing advanced navigation features (dynamic content navigation, tagclouds, etc.)
o installing and customizing existing OJS plugins: paypal, print on demand, google analytics, spreadsheet generator, etc.
o evaluating viability of or customizing plug-in for automatic generating of digital formats (PDF, Epub, etc)
Candidates should have significant experience in Web development and the following technologies and procedures:
- XHTML / CSS
- PHP5 / mySQL
- working in and xAMP environment, project deployment, Web security
- experience in working with CMS systems
- agile or iterative methods for project management
The developer will work in a team with a designer, so experience with Photoshop or Illustrator-based designs is desirable.
Please send questions or pitches by email to Morgan Currie: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT QUERY’S CONTENT:
Query’s content will be issue-based, focusing on two issues per year. Peer reviewed articles will be posted in two batches each year, corresponding with the announcement of the new issue cycle. Other content – reviews, responses, positioning papers, editorials – will be posted throughout the year and can span topics beyond the current issue.
Website design will need to support dynamic content updates of a digital platform but still emphasize the exploration of a singular issue by an academic journal (the future of journalism, new media and social revolutions, etc). The site will also serve as an archive of all published articles.
Types of content include:
Peer-reviewed articles (based on issue)
Reviews of books, projects, software
Author responses to book reviews and articles
‘Letters’ to author/editor
Examples of similar projects:
Think Quarterly (Google): http://thinkquarterly.co.uk/
E-flux Journal: http://www.e-flux.com/journal
West 86th: http://www.west86th.bgc.bard.edu/
Dossier Journal: http://dossierjournal.com/
MORE ABOUT QUERY
The journal supports critical and speculative research into debates concerning the social, technical and conceptual dimensions of network cultures, specifically aiming to publish timely interventions that advance the field through exploratory knowledge and practice.
Specific topics or areas of interest might include:
• critical internet theory
• digital methods and empirical approaches to internet research
• software and platform studies
• social media and participatory culture
• peer production, free software and open source
• internet governance, regulation and censorship
• media convergence and divergence
• distributed aesthetics and media art practice
• internet development, creative industries and their critique
• locative media, geomedia and the internet of things
• media archaeology and web histories
Query: Journal of Critical Internet Studies has an international editorial board and committee.
Contributions are accepted from academics, graduate students, independent scholars and practitioners. The editorial committee reviews all content; academic articles are double blind peer reviewed.
All the material is published in English.