SUNScholar/Capacity Building/Digital Repository Systems Management

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In the context of the library, the operational team provides information services, that are supported by the technical team using information systems, which are built and maintained in co-operation with the information technology department.

This wiki page deals with building capacity for information systems support.


  • Technology is expanding at ever faster rates, therefore it is wise to find persons experienced in specialised areas to do systems management.
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This position does not need to be full-time, rather the position can be shared with the central IT department, however a person from top management must be made responsible for the long term maintenance and operation of the open scholarly communication office's information systems needs.

This person should have extensive experience in designing and implementing information technology infrastructure and software systems that fit the "business case" of the institution.

The technical manager should ideally be appointed internally from within the technology support division of the institution.

The technical manager is NOT currently technically skilled, since technology is evolving at a very rapid pace, but rather the manager is aware of the current technologies and how to effectively deploy them.

The technical manager should know how to lead an information technology team by making use of the specialised skills of the team and current technologies to achieve the information systems goals of the open scholarly communication office.

The person appointed should also be a very good communicator and be able to "bridge" the LIS and ICT worlds. In other words, the person can inform the library about ICT and vice versa, the person can inform ICT about the library, thereby creating a vital two-way communication "bridge".

In addition, though not strictly required, it would be very advantageous if the technical manager was personally supportive of open systems and open access.

Most importantly, this person can assist the library in the transition to a new digital era and can help the ICT department transition to the new digital information services era.

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Persons with the following skills are desirable. They can be hired part-time or employed full-time depending on the amount of resources available to you and the amount of work to be done.

Web 2.0 Software Technologist or Web 2.0 Application Specialist or Java Webapp Developer

These are current technology specialists whose expertise may be shared with the central IT department.

Core Skills

  • Expert Java programming skills
  • Expert XML programming skills
  • Professional SQL programming skills
  • Professional HTML programming skills
  • Professional CSS programming skills
  • Professional PHP programming skills
  • Familiarity with the Tomcat java webapp server
  • Familiarity with the LAMP stack webapp server

Specialist Skills


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Web 2.0 Hardware Technologist or Web 2.0 Infrastructure Specialist or Ubuntu Linux System Administrator

These are current technology specialists whose expertise may be shared with the central IT department.

Core Skills

Specialist Skills


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How to find persons with these skills

Technology Universities

The ideal candidates are graduates from one of the technology universities in South Africa who have studied information technology or computer science or electronics and have specialised in open source software systems support.

Below is a list of technology universities and the relevant departments.

Communities of Practice

Or you can try the following links to able to source persons with these skills from the community in your area.

South Africa

User Groups



Skills Surveys

Technologist Jobs




Sample CV's

Salaries according to RHT in the USA


System Administrator for Linux Open Systems

Web Developer for Java Web Applications


$ 85,000 - $ 124,000

$ 78,500 - $ 129,500


$ 65,750 - $100,500

$ 73,500 - $122,000


$ 64,500 - $ 89,500

$ 65,750 - $ 95,250


$ 62,000 - $ 86,000

$ 62,000 - $ 89,750

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