In-demand dev skills, understanding licensing, and more open source news

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at desired job skills for open source developers, resources for understanding open source licenses, and more.

Open source news roundup for June 19-25, 2016

Desired job skills for open source developers

Yuri Bykov, who manages data science at Dice, highlighted four key areas that are currently in high demand for open source application developers: big data, cloud, mobile, and JavaScript. Using findings from the Linux Foundation and 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, Bykov provides further insights into how developers can learn new skills.

The key takeaway from the article is Bykov's conclusion, which is good advice for anyone working in the tech industry:

In the end, whichever method(s) you choose to brush up on or expand your skills base doesn't really matter. What matters is that you are continuously learning and keeping current on what's trending in tech. As a problem solver, you need to have a keen familiarity with the latest platforms and skills in order to offer up the best solutions.

Resources for understanding open source licenses

InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp writes about several resources for understanding software licenses and end user licensing agreements. Yegulalp briefly reviews Terms of Service: Didn't Read, TLDR Legal, Choose a License, and EULAlyzer, as well as the books The Tech Contracts Handbook by David W. Tollen and Andrew M. St. Laurent's Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing. He also provides a brief recommendation for the FOSS Licensing text on Wikibooks. The resources Yegulalp reviews should provide anyone overwhelmed by the diversity and complexity of open sources licenses with the tools to develop a deeper understanding of the issue.

Open data in Chicago

Like many major cities, Chicago has an open data portal. This portal provides a wealth of data about the city for anyone interested in sifting through it for any purpose. Recently Achal Bassamboo, a professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, interviewed Chicago's chief data officer, Tom Schenk, about the portal. The interview covers topics like who uses the open data portal, the challenges involved in curating the data, and some unique uses that have been found for using the data.

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