Should You Be Teaching at a Venture-Backed Private College?

Judging from my industry friends, some time in their professional career (usually later), the teaching bug bites them and they wonder about passing on their knowledge to a new generation of industrialists and entrepreneurs. A regular position as a professor at a German public university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences) is often unattainable because of age and a missing or limited publication record, and even though I’d recommend it, contributing as an unpaid lecturer and building up a vita to go for an honorary professor position seems unattractive.

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Upcoming Industry Talk on What Happens When Project = 1 Team Stops Being Feasible: Scaling Methods, Tools and Skills, Online and IRL by Giovanna Luisi of GfK, Growth from Knowledge

We will be hosting an industry talk on what happens when Project = 1 Team stops being feasible: Scaling methods, tools and skills, online and IRL. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Giovanna Luisi of GfK, Growth from Knowledge
  • about: Agile at scale
  • on: January 14th, 2021, 10:15 Uhr
  • on: Zoom  (link after registration)
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series
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Video for Breaking Down Organizational Silos with Inner Source (in German)

Eberhard Wolff just published the recording of my lunch chat on Software Architektur TV with him. Our topic was inner source and how to tear down firm-internal silos for better code reuse, more knowledge sharing, and generally more satisfied employees. Check it out below (local copy) or visit Eberhard’s site for it!

Or, just take a look at @teapot4181‘s fabulous visual summary.

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Company Support for Open Source Stable for 15 Years Now?!

I just read Nagle et al.’s Report on the 2020 FOSS Contributor Survey. They find that about 50% of contributors are paid by their employers to work on open source software. This confirms a 2013 paper on paid vs. volunteer work in open source of ours, which also suggested that about half of all development takes place on company time. The rub: Our paper used rather old, pre-Github times data from 2007 (culled from Ohloh, now OpenHub).

Does this mean that in the last 15 years or so corporate engagement in open source has remained stable?

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Continuous Open Source License Compliance (Phipps & Zacchiroli, IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the 12th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleContinuous Open Source License Compliance
KeywordsOpen Source Software, Licenses, Supply Chains, Standards, Computer Security
AuthorsSimon Phipps, Meshed Insights Ltd.  
Stefano Zacchiroli, Universite de Paris, France
PublicationComputer vol. 53, no. 12 (December 2020), pp. 115-119
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Standardizing Open Source License Compliance With OpenChain (Shane Coughlan, IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the 11th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleStandardizing Open Source License Compliance With OpenChain
KeywordsCryptography, Distributed Databases, IEC Standards, ISO Standards, Legislation, Project Management, Public Domain Software, Software Development Management, Software Standards, Blockchain, Open Chain Project, ISO IEC JTC 1 PAS Transposition Process, Open Source License Compliance Standardization, Open Source Software, Standards, Licenses
AuthorsShane Coughlan, Linux Foundation
PublicationComputer vol. 53, no. 11 (November 2020), pp. 70-74
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Open Sourcing Research Software

In this 15min. primer I’ll take you through the basic steps of open sourcing your research software. It covers purpose of open sourcing, the rights situation, license choice, and the actual step of open sourcing.

The slides and video are also available for download.

Tools for Software Composition Analysis (Philippe Ombredanne, IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the tenth article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleFree and Open Source Software License Compliance: Tools for Software Composition Analysis
KeywordsOpen Source Software, Software Composition, Open Source Licenses, Automation
AuthorsPhilippe Ombredanne, nexB Inc.
PublicationComputer vol. 53, no. 10 (October 2020), pp. 105-109
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