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NZ Software Giants Join Patent Bill Protest

Richard Chirgwin | The Register | September 10, 2012

New Zealand’s largest software exporters, Jade and Orion Healthcare, have lined up with the NZ Open Source Society, InternetNZ, and local industry lobby NZRise to ask the government to revise its proposed patent laws. Read More »

Open Data Leaders in Government Finally Have a Support Network – Each Other

New Zealand’s Open Government Data Programme Leader, Paul Stone, reflects on his time at the Open Data Leaders Network: what he learnt, who he met and how peer-learning has helped him find better solutions to problems. There are support networks for many professions that people can get involved with or lean on for support. Lawyers, accountants, IT, information management, policy making – you name it, there will be a local network out there for you to join...

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Open Source Software Cuts Costs for Startups

Dave Koelmeyer | ImpactPR New Zealand | August 5, 2013

Open source software offers a number of compelling advantages for new businesses. Learn why it could be a good fit for your startup. Read More »

Private Health Funds Accused of Misusing Patient Data for Commercial Gain

Michael Bailey | AFR Magazine | July 25, 2016

Private health insurers that also own dental surgeries are misusing data obtained through the HICAPS claiming system for commercial benefit, the Australian Dental Association has warned a Productivity Commission inquiry into expanded data sharing. The inquiry, for which submissions close on July 29, is examining the benefits and costs of data being shared more widely between public sector agencies, private sector organisations, the research sector, academics and the community...

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Revealed: The World's Most & Least Advanced Countries

Matthew Bishop | LinkedIn | April 4, 2014

UNTIL recently, the popular way to compare the progress of one country relative to another was to use the size of their economies. America had the biggest GDP (and almost the biggest per capita GDP), so it stood to reason it was the most advanced country in the world.

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Test-Driven Development With FHIR

While preparing for, and participating in, the recent FHIR Connectathon 11 held in Orlando, Florida, yet another benefit of FHIR’s implementer-friendly philosophy became apparent to me – the ability to facilitate Test-Driven Development (TDD). TDD has been defined as “a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: first the developer writes an (initially failing) automated test case that defines a desired improvement or new function, then produces the minimum amount of code to pass that test, and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards.” Dating back to 2003, TDD is now considered by many developers to represent the state of their art – shining some much-needed light on the darkness might be another way of looking at it!

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TPP Treaty Could be a Serious Threat to US Public Health System

While trade agreements may seem to be another, albeit international species of wonkery, these agreements could have major effects on patients' and the public's health.  Since these concerns have been essentially ignored by the US medical and health care literature, (although they have appeared in UK journals, Australian, and New Zealand journals in English), they I will discuss them below. Worthy of further discussion is the possibility that these potential threats to health care and public health may arise not just from ideological disagreements, but also from health care corporations' increasing capture of government, facilitated by the conflicts of interest generated by the revolving door. Read More »

Trans Pacific Partnership: Why It Matters In The USA

Mitch Stoltz | Electronic Frontier Foundation | December 4, 2012

The U.S. and other governments are meeting yet again to hash out the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), this time in New Zealand. International trade agreements may seem far removed from our daily lives. Why should people in the U.S. take action against TPP? Read More »

US Lags Behind Wealthy Nations On Improving Health Outcomes

Alicia Caramenico | FierceHealthcare | July 11, 2013

Raising questions about whether higher healthcare spending means better health outcomes, a new study shows the United States has high expenditures and mediocre population health at the national level. Read More »

We’re Not No. 1! We’re Not No. 1!

Nicholas Kristof | The New York Times | April 2, 2014

...a major new ranking of livability in 132 countries puts the United States in a sobering 16th place. We underperform because our economic and military strengths don’t translate into well-being for the average citizen. In the Social Progress Index, the United States excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety...

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When We Lose Antibiotics, Here’s Everything Else We’ll Lose Too

Maryn McKenna | Wired | November 20, 2013

This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation — the only place I’ve ever been where you get x-rayed on the way into the country as well as leaving it — has experienced its first case, and first death, from  a strain of totally drug-resistant bacteria. From the New Zealand Herald: Read More »

Why Healthcare Costs Are A Civil Rights Issue

Alicia Caramenico | FierceHealthcare | August 29, 2013

Fifty years since Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, healthcare spending as a percentage of the gross domestic product has jumped from 5.5 percent in 1963 to 18 percent today. Read More »

Open Source Developers' Conference 2015

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
October 27, 2015 (All day) - October 29, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
Wrest Point Convention Centre Hobart
Australia

The Open Source Developers' Conference is a not-for-profit conference covering all aspects of Open Source Technology, from software and systems to open data. For the past 11 years OSDC has been held across Australia and New Zealand, and in 2015 will be hosted for the first time in Tasmania, from October 27-29 at the Wrest Point Convention Centre in Hobart. The focus for OSDC 2015 is Opening Up For A Better World. Open source software, hardware and standards facilitate higher quality technology, better security and faster innovation; open data allows us to better discover and understand the world we live in; open government aims to ensure that citizens can participate in their democracy; open access publishing exists to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Open by design is the best default.

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