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Open Source Readiness - Weekly Update - 20 September 2023

September 20, 2023

This year at FINOS we are focusing on one of FINOS' key existing projects: Open Source Readiness. This is FINOS' term for helping the finance industry "do open source properly".

This week, let’s talk about Learning Paths!

2023-09-20 OSR Weekly Update

What Is A Learning Path Anyway?

As we’ve discussed over the last few weeks, FINOS, TODO and the OSR SIG team are collaborating on building out an exam:  Financial Services Open Source Developer, or FSOSD!  

But, you can’t just take an exam without training.  That’s where learning paths come in!  

A learning path, also known as a learning track or a learning pathway, is a predefined route through which learners navigate a series of courses and modules.  They learn incrementally, building upon their understanding as they progress, until they gain mastery of a particular topic or subject.” - Learning Paths 101, ProProfs

With the help of various members of the OSR SIG (and especially William Rothwell from UBS) we’ve put together a learning path for people taking the FSOSD exam.  

How did we do that?  Well, we worked backwards.   Over the last year we’ve built out our understanding of the financial services industry and how it interacts with open source via the Body Of Knowledge.  This meant we could reasonably put together a syllabus for the our exam by answering the question - what do developers need to know to safely contribute to open source? 

Then, we scoured the Linux Foundation training catalog looking for courses that covered that syllabus.  

Obviously, with a catalog as large as the LF’s, there were plenty of courses with overlapping material.  We filtered this down to just the bare essentials - what is the minimum selection of courses you could take?

Then, for anything else not covered by the LF already, we created our own course (more on that very soon). 

This is work in progress - we’re going to add our course to this list when its published, and link to the FSOSD exam too - the destination at the end of the learning path.

You can preview it here, or review the PR here

OSFF Reminder: 6 Weeks to Go!

If you’re working for a FINOS member and you live in New York, why haven’t you signed up to come to OSFF yet?

There are complimentary passes for employees of FINOS Member Firms so hurry up and register already!

The OSR and InnerSource SIGs are collaborating on running a booth at the event - would you like to help staff it?  Get in touch if so!

If you haven't received your unique member code, please contact and we’ll get you sorted.

Sign up here!


Author: Rob Moffat


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