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Professional social networking startup LinkedIn has joined forces with well-known open source coding repository GitHub, which will allow others in a user’s network to see what projects they and their connections are working on at any given time.

GitHub is a central repository for code and has become a key source of reputation for coders in the open-source community.

Under the new partnership, GitHub actions will be introduced into LinkedIn’s network update stream and will be searchable through its Signal tool.

If a user has collaborated on open-source projects on GitHub in the past, the program then introduces a user to their co-contributors on LinkedIn.

The company said that by adding LinkedIn’s professional social graph on top of GitHub’s data, users will be able to add a significant social layer to the code.

You can see the company’s statement about the partnership in its blog post. Here’s part of it:

GitHub is a fantastic way to collaborate with others on software projects. It hosts code for many prominent open-source projects, including LinkedIn’s Voldemort and Kafka. With over 600,000 developers hosting over 1.7 million projects, the work hosted on GitHub is essential to professionals around the world.

Software developers know that the code they’ve written is one of the most important parts of their professional identity. It shows their involvement, interest, and dedication to their work. Now developers can showcase their projects on the world’s largest professional network.

After you’ve installed the application and added your GitHub account on LinkedIn, check your Profile – your GitHub projects should appear automatically. Your network will now be automatically updated whenever you create, follow, or update a GitHub project. …

With this new application, you can now leverage the power of your professional network to discover new and interesting projects. Discover which of your connections are on GitHub, and follow their projects right from LinkedIn. Even if you’re not a software developer, the new GitHub application will help you discover which of your connections are actively following and working on new software projects.”

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