To connect to the SkillsBase system, click here -> http://skillsbase.openskills.org
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- Engagements can now be defined as part time. Edit an engagement and specify a percentage indicating how "full time" and engagement is/was. So, if an engagement spans a year, but only takes one day per week, this could be specified as 20% of a full time engagement. The intent here is to fairly represent the amount of experience gained during an engagement. The experience can also be expressed as an absolute number of days.
- Skills within engagements can now have an associated experience factor. For example, one could say that a skill was only used for 50% of the time during an engagement, or that is was used for exactly 30 days.
- Skills within engagements can now have associated notes. These can be used to explain how a skill was applied in the context of an engagement. The notes do not yet show up in search results.
- Members can express their availability for work in a simple text field. This can be used to say "only bother me for a job on a cruise ship" or "if you want to use my skills, talk to my employer at ..." or "I will be looking for a new engagement from 1st June. Before then, I'm busy", etc ...
- "Edit" for editing an engagement is now a link instead of a button, so that it can open into a new tab.
- We are now using the OpenSkills developed Sport portability layer to allow us to run the SkillsBase in VisualWorks Smalltalk and GemStone Smalltalk.
What's new @ 2 021
- The HR-XML export/import has been changed to include the career summary, career objectives and education summary.
What's new @ 2 018
- Search pages revised to be more efficient & obvious
- Added a click here to join button on the search results page.
- The search results table now show when a member last used a given skill.
- Complete URL changes for the guest / subscriber / member model. This change means that links to resumes will change:
- from e.g.: http://skillsbase.openskills.org/PublicMemberSummary?m=1
- to e.g. http://skillsbase.openskills.org/PublicResume?a=1
What's new @ 2 011
Career history, career summary and enducation summary can now be added to resumes. These three are free-form text, and as with all such infromation in the SkillsBase, any HTML tags will be escaped when displayed.
A clip of the information (if present) is shown in the search results list, and the full text is shown on the public resume page.
This version also takes a step towards using the same CSS as the other OpenSkills systems.
What's new @ 2 005
This version of the SkillsBase is a schema change only, but the schema change will enable the following for the next several releases:
With these schema changes in place, we can start changing the web interface to allow people to use the new stuff, and to see it in search results. All the changes will be initially made available only to members, but will probably be fairly quickly made available to subscribers too.
- Career summary (for a description of what you have done), career objectives (for a summary of what you would like to do in the future) and education summary.
- References. These are just the kinds of references we are all used to today where one person can offer to be a reference for another.
- Skills experience can be expressed in one of the following ways:
- Implicit. This is the current situation where the amount of experience is simply the sum of the (non-overlapping) durations of the engagements in which they were/are used.
- Explicit for the member. Specifying the amount of experience regardless of the durations of the engagements the skill is used in. The skill must have been used in at least one engagement though.
- Explicitly for each engagement. This can be either as a % of the duration or an explicit number of days. The skill must have been linked to the engagement.
- Stating explicitly how much experience accrued from an engagement. This will apply to all skills for that engagement. So, if you have a 1/2 time engagement, you can specify the experience as 50%, or even a specific number of days, regardless of the duration of the engagement.
- Add a URL to contact details. People can use this to point to their own home page, or to the home page of their employer.
- Add latitude & longitude information to locations to enable searches like "people within 10KM with Linux Admin skills".
- Add a text field where people can explain what work visas they have.
- New availability class containing a comment and space for a calendar.
- A first cut of the structures for commendations added where a member may commend another member for a specific skill.
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- Search results page does not show every skill of every person listed, rather it just shows the skills that were searched for.
- The search reults page shows the preferred work location for each person listed on the results page.
- Authentication now uses the MMS system information so password changes require no manual intervention and take effect immediately (but the MMS does not know that yet, so we still have to deal with the email messages from the MMS).
- Pretty-indent HRXML export.
- The SkillsBase now displays the favicon on most browsers.
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- The SkillsBase is now accessed via Squid 2.5 (rather than Squid 3.0) and this has resolved the data corruption problems.
- Significant improvements to the HR-XML facilities. Importing now uses a validating XML parser. The structure of exported HR-XML is improved too:
- Contact information is imported from HR-XML and exported to HR-XML (the ContactInfo element.)
- Location is imported/exported as HR-XML (from ContactInfo), and acceptable locations as well.
- Some improvements to the way that dates are imported/exported.
- The search screen have been improved in line with the suggestions made at the meeting following SGM1.
- Any HTML entered by members in their resumes is now escaped, so people viewing the resume see the raw HTML, not formatted text. We have always asked people to not use HTML in their resumes, now people have a reason to avoid it.
- Paragraph breaks in text fields are preserved on display. i.e. the CR and/or LF characters are replaced with paragraph tags (<p>) as appropriate.
- Removed "/Skill/" when showing full skill names in results tables.
- The SkillsTree page is neater
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The system uses W3C standard XHTML and CSS and works will all the browsers I've tried it with so far including Mozilla (available for Windows), Galeon, Firefox, Safari, Lynx and even the hopelessly out of date and non-standards compliant Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Skills now become stable after two weeks. Once stable, skills can only be edited by the system administrator.
- Skills may now be revoked. If a skill is a duplicate or inappropriate for some other reason the system administrator can revoke it.
- Revoked skills do no appear on publicly visible pages.
- Revoked skills are only shown on member pages is there they are referenced by one or more engagements. If there are any revoked skills shown, they are highlighted.
- Members may remove references to revoked skills, but my not create new references to revoked skills.
- The search result screen highlights the selected skills among the skills of each member. This makes it easier to pick out the skills if selected members have many skills.
- The search result screen and the member summary screen now contain a copyright notice.
- Skills listed on engagement summaries (on the member home, and public member summary pages) are now bulleted list and rather easier to read.
- The CSS has been tweaked to allow the keyboard page up/down to work again.
- The admin system (not visible to the public or members) has been improved to allow stable skills to be edited, and to allow skills to be revoked and un-revoked.
- A search facility has been added to enable a trivial search using similar skill names. This is used on the new OpenSkills.com home page.
- The method for generating HTML has been refactored somewhat.
- Bugs have been fixed in the HR-XML export, the compatibility layer and Hyper.
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- The main menu is changed to make it clear which options are for anyone, and which are for members. A "Help" menu item now links to this page.
- There are now buttons on the Member Home page which allow all skills to be marked as public or private, and all engagements to be marked as public or private.
- The SkillsTree page now shows abstract skills as italic, and searchable skills as bold. Skills which are abstract and searchable are bold and italic.
- The XML handling code is now capable of validating HR-XML files against the HR-XML schema, although that functionality is not used yet.
- The exported HR-XML format has been changed to show the scructure of the skills, the SkillsBase id of each skill and the taxonomy of the skill. The taxonomy of SkillsBase skills is always "OpenSkills".
- The CSS of the pages has been changed to make the body of the screen scrollable in standards compliant browsers. Older browsers (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer) will display the pages fine, but the menu will scroll off the browser window as with previous SkillsBase versions.
- With a little help from the system administrator, the correct membership IDs are now shown in search results and can be used to access member resume information.
- Commentary has been added to the top of the Skill Edit page to explain what "abstract" and "searchable" mean. There are notes on the other information held for a skill too.
- Added a link from "become an OpenSkills member" to the OpenSkills.com home page in the text on the SkillsBase home page.
- Fixed typos on various screens.