Category Archives: Open Positions

DBpedia Spotlight has been selected for Google Summer of Code. Please apply now!

The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers (BSc,MSc,PhD) stipends to write code for open source software projects. It has had thousands of participants since the first edition in 2005, connecting prospective students with mentors from open source communities such as Debian, KDE, Gnome, Apache Software Foundation, Mozilla, etc.

For the students, it is a great chance to get real-world software development experience. For the open source communities, it is a chance to expand their development community. For everybody else, more source code is created and released for the benefit of all!

We are thrilled to announce that our open source project DBpedia Spotlight has been selected for the Google Summer of Code 2012.

We are now seeking students interested in working with us to enhance operational aspects of DBpedia Spotlight, as well as to engage in research activities in collaboration with our team. If you are an energetic developer, passionate for open source and interested in areas related to DBpedia Spotlight, please get in touch with us!

We have shared a number of project ideas to get you started.

To apply, visit:

If you would like to see DBpedia Spotlight in action, helping you to explore available projects within GSoC 2012, please visit our demonstration page at:

OPEN POSITION: Move to Berlin, work on DBpedia (1 year full-time contract)

Hi all, 

the DBpedia Team at Freie Universität Berlin is looking for a developer/researcher who wants to contribute to the further development of the DBpedia information extraction framework, investigate approaches to annotate free-text with DBpedia URIs and participate in the various Linked Data efforts currently advanced by our team. 

Candidates should have

  • good programming skills in Java, in addition Scala and PHP are helpful.
  • a university degree preferably in computer science or information systems.  Previous knowledge of Semantic Web Technologies (RDF, SPARQL, Linked Data) and experience with information extraction and/or named entity recognition techniques are a plus. 

Contract start date: 15 May 2010
Duration: 1 year
Salary: around 40.000 Euro/year (German BAT IIa) 

You will be part of an innovative and cordial team and enjoy flexible work hours. After the year, chances are high that you will be able to choose between longer-term positions at Freie Universität Berlin and at Neofonie.  Please contact via email until 15 April 2010 for additional details and include information about your skills and experience into your mail. 

The whole DBpedia team is very thankful to neofonie GmbH for contributing to the development of the DBpedia project by financing this position. neofonie is a Berlin-based company offering leading technologies in the area of Web search, social media and mobile applications. 



Prof. Dr. Christian Bizer
Web-based Systems Group
Freie Universität Berlin
+49 30 838 55509