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A Primer on the Open Source Movement from a Health Care Perspective

Open source, in myriad forms, has emerged as a significant development model that drives both innovation and technological dispersion. Ignore it at your peril, as did the major computer companies destroyed or totally remade by Linux and free software, or encyclopedia publishers by Wikipedia, or journalists and marketers by social media. The term "open source" was associated first with free software, but it goes far beyond software now. People around the world use open hardware, demand open government, share open data, and--yes--pursue open health. The field of health, in particular, will be transformed by open source principles in software, in research, in consultations and telemedicine, and in the various forms of data sharing all these processes call for.

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Considering Open Source Licenses

Phillip Ikuvbogie | A List Apart | September 26, 2017

What stage of development is your project in right now? Have you finished the planning phase? Are you going to work with a team? Will the project be split up into different modules? And so on. The principle of DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) has become an unwritten rule for developers. Instead of always starting from scratch on each new project, find ways to build upon previous work. This will save you time and other resources. In other words, do not reinvent the wheel; put to use the great work that others have perfected and made “freely” available for you to build upon...

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Feeding The Flame Of The Collaborative Development Revolution

Steven J Vaughan-Nichols | Smart Bear | May 22, 2014

Agile, open source, the cloud, and DevOps have all led to a world where everyone should be involved in programming. Yes, everyone...

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FrontlineSMS Helps The Busara Center For Behavioral Economics Cut 16 Hours Of Work Down To 30 Minutes

Robin Platte | Frontline | August 27, 2013

FrontlineSMS has transformed the amount of time and money it takes us to get respondents from their homes and into the lab. Looking ahead, it is our hope to be able to use their PaymentView software to simplify the way we compensate respondents for their time at Busara. Read More »

How Helsinki Became The Most Successful Open-Data City In The World

Olli Sulopuisto | The Atlantic Cities | April 29, 2014

...Helsinki Region Infoshare publishes all of its data in formats that make it easy for software developers, researchers, journalists and others to analyze, combine or turn into web-based or mobile applications that citizens may find useful. In four years of operation, the project has produced more than 1,000 "machine-readable" data sources such as a map of traffic noise levels, real-time locations of snow plows, and a database of corporate taxes...

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How To Get Started In Open Source

Selena Larson | ReadWrite | October 10, 2014

...[O]pen source communities can be unfriendly—sometimes even intimidating—to newcomers and outsiders. That might be especially true for women and people of color, who appear to be woefully underrepresented in open source...

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In Five Short Years, Apple's App Store Changed Everything

Dan Rowinski | ReadWrite | July 10, 2013

It was five years ago today that the way software was made, distributed and paid for fundamentally changed. Read More »

Inner-Sourcing: Adopting Open Source Development Processes In Corporate IT

Tim Yeaton | OpenSourceDelivers | August 29, 2012

Today, we are hearing from customers more and more frequently that they want to gain the benefits of open source community-style collaborative development inside their corporate development organizations – what Tim O’Reilly has called “inner-sourcing.” Read More »

Jim Zemlin: 2014-The Open Source Tipping Point

For the last ten years open source has expanded into more and more segments of the computing industry. But as we review 2014, a new story emerges: software development has fundamentally shifted toward an open source model. Especially for the infrastructure software used for scale-out computing, open source is the de facto choice; in fact, it’s virtually impossible to find examples of scale-out infrastructure that is not open source. Read More »

Let's Pay For Open Source With A Closed-Source Software Levy

Glyn Moody | ComputerWorld UK | October 22, 2014

This column has often explored ways in which some of the key ideas underlying free software and open source are being applied in other fields. But that equivalence can flow in both directions: developments in fields outside the digital world may well have useful lessons for computing...

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MIT Builds An Open-Source Platform For Your Body

Linda Tischler | Fast Company | February 5, 2013

MIT Media Lab's 11-day health care hackathon pulled students and big companies together with a common goal: Healing a broken industry.  [...] The goal is to jump-start an open source platform where apps that track all different aspects of your bodily health can exchange information. Read More »

My 2013 At Frontline; From Desktop To Cloud, Scrum To Kanban, BA To CTO, UK To NBO.

Alex Pitkin | FrontlineCloud | February 10, 2014

Hello, I’m Alex, and I am the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) here at Social Impact Lab. I work with our developers here in Nairobi, and remotely with our team in Washington, DC. Together, we make FrontlineSMS, FrontlineCloud, and other awesome SIMLab apps. Read More »

OSEHRA to Exhibit at 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference

Press Release | OSEHRA | April 10, 2015

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) will return as an exhibitor at the Healthcare Information and Management Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from Monday, April 13 through Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois...During the three-day conference, OSEHRA will showcase significant achievements at Booth 7530.  Attendees will learn of the successes, challenges, and lessons gained from the institutionalization of VistA within VA, the support of the domestic private sector market, and the international implementations of VistA by the UK and Jordan. 

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The Guy Who Rescued Obamacare’s Website Has A New Project: The VA

Jennifer Bendery | Huffington Post | May 17, 2016

It was October 2013 when the Obama administration triumphantly flipped the switch on, the landing page for the White House’s landmark domestic policy achievement. It promptly crashed. As administration officials absorbed the extent of the catastrophe, they realized they had to go outside the usual government channels to get the site up and running. That’s when they brought in Paul Smith, a politically minded coder with a handful of successful startups behind him...

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The Heartbeat of Open Source Projects Can Be Heard with GitHub Data

Steven Max Patterson | Network World | June 27, 2016

GitHub released charts last week that tell a story about the heartbeat of a few open source, giving insights into activity, productivity and collaboration of software development. Why are these important? Enterprises increasingly define software development as a top priority to gain competitive advantage or defend against disruption. They often turn to open source software because it is fast and agile. Enterprise IT decision makers should understand GitHub because it is the backbone of most open source projects...

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