New Zealand is seeking an information services specialist in Antarctica as part of a move to using tools such as the Internet to better manage and provide information.
Based in Christchurch at the International Antarctic Centre and in Antarctica at Scott Base, Antarctica NZ develops science strategies, manages New Zealand's activities in Antarctica and aims to improve the knowledge of the opportunities of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean.
Among the responsibilities for the new position is management and ongoing development of Antarctica NZ's Web page, databases and printed and photographic information resources. The position will also take over responsibility for library resources currently in Scott Base.
Communications manager Tim Hig-ham says the position reflects the way information management has changed.
He says traditionally Antarctica New Zealand has managed its information within a library. However, he says the deve-lopment of the Web as an information tool and the use of databases make information management and provision very effective.
He says Antarctica NZ has shifted away from running a library and has formed a relationship with Canterbury University to take over the management of it, opening the door for the new role with more of an IT focus. He says the information services specialist would have to have strengths in understanding how IT is applied to information management, but would also need to be client-focused.
Higham says the Web is tremendously important to Antarctic NZ. "We work with the science community and the government and they're very Web-literate and we also work internationally, so it's a really efficient way of getting our information communicated."
Antarctica NZ runs a number of application processes for scientists wanting its support, and Higham believes many could be run over the Web. "Sooner rather than later that will be the expected norm from our clients."
He believes this will be one or two years away.