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Linux Foundation Launches Public Health Initiative to Respond to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with Open Source Solutions

Press Release | Linux Foundation Public Health | July 20, 2020

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today launched a new initiative to use open source technologies to help public health authorities (PHAs) around the world combat COVID-19 and future epidemics. The new Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative is launching with seven Premier members - Cisco, doc.ai, Geometer, IBM, NearForm, Tencent, and VMware - and two hosted exposure notifications projects, COVID Shield and COVID Green, which are currently being deployed in Canada, Ireland, and several U.S. states.

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Making Computers Accessible to Millions of Individuals with Disabilities

According to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization, over a billion people in the world live with some sort of disability. Addressing the various accommodations, abilities, and disabilities of the world's largest minority may seem like a daunting task for developers of all stripes, but Colin Fulton is up for it. He wants to change the way accessibility is viewed and perceived in the Linux and open source communities. I was lucky enough to get a chance to interview Colin and find out more about his upcoming LinuxCon talk, what he hopes his audience will gain from attending, and his fresh, diverse viewpoint on disability—as well as why accessibility is actually an integral part of the open source community.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Deploys an Open Source Innovative and Personalized Digital Landscape

Press Release | Memorial Sloan Kettering | May 5, 2015

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) introduced a new, consumer-friendly web presence for www.mskcc.org (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) and www.sloankettering.edu (Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), featuring an innovative platform and on-demand navigation for patients, caregivers, researchers, healthcare professionals, and graduate students, among other core audiences. Memorial Sloan Kettering is the first organization in the United States to build an enterprise-grade platform with Drupal 8, a leading open-source web-content-management system, and MSK is also one of the first tristate-area healthcare providers to create and host a fully responsive mobile-enabled site.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering-Early Adopter of Drupal 8 Open Source CMS

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), the world's oldest and largest private cancer center, our researchers and clinicians have pushed boundaries to generate new knowledge in patient care and cancer research for more than 130 years. This culture of innovation allows our scientists to continually develop new methods for treatment and work tirelessly to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer...We chose to build with Drupal 8 for many reasons—which we explained at DrupalCon LA and I elaborated on the Phase2 blog—but when we set out, there was no guarantee that the platform would deliver on our goals. Drupal 8 was far from an official launch. But as with all bold pursuits at MSK, a little bit of uncertainty is a given. This mix of careful consideration, persistence, and unanswered questions is what drives progress, whether in the lab or on the web...

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New Eclipse IoT Open Testbeds to Drive Industry Adoption of Open Source and Open Standards in IoT

Press Release | Eclipse IoT Working Group | April 27, 2017

Open Education: There Isn't an App for That

Open source software has saved my district-Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania-more than a million dollars on its technology budget. But more importantly, making a deliberate and concerted effort to infuse open principles and practices into our learning environments has cultivated a vibrant and inclusive learning community that cuts across the school. And as a result, student success has exceeded our expectations. But how do schools put open ideas into practice to foster future innovators and leaders? It's not as simple as installing Linux on 4,000 student laptops, holding hands, and singing the alma mater in the high school cafeteria.

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OpenEMR Consortium Unveils Proposal for an Open Source U.S. Coast Guard EHR

Press Release | OpenEMR Consortium | July 5, 2017

...a consortium of OpenEMR vendors united as one to propose an open source solution for a modern, customizable, and cost effective EHR to the USCG.  The OpenEMR Consortium submitted their proposal to the USCG on June 2nd, 2017 and it was released to the public on July 5th, 2017. The proposal is based on the EHR software package, OpenEMR.  OpenEMR is an open source, fully functional EHR software package that is ONC Certified as a Complete EHR.

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Real Business Innovation Begins with Open Practices

To business leaders, "open source" often sounds too altruistic—and altruism is in short supply on the average balance sheet. But using and contributing to open source makes hard-nosed business sense, particularly as a way of increasing innovation. Today's firms all face increased competition and dynamic markets. Yesterday's big bang can easily become today's cautionary tale. Strategically, the only viable response to this disruption is constantly striving to serve customers better through sustained and continuous innovation. But delivering innovation is hard; the key is to embrace open and collaborative innovation across organizational walls—open innovation...

Red Hat Announces Health IT Infrastructure Improvements

Elizabeth O'Dowd | HIT Infrastructure | June 27, 2017

Red Hat announced that Molecular Health deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA to support its new precision medicine analytics platform, Molecular Health GuideTM (MH Guide), helping the tool be better integrated into health IT infrastructure. MH Guide provides healthcare organizations with a knowledge base of pre-interpreted information from millions of medical publications. This knowledge base gives clinicians access to more data so they can make more accurate diagnoses...

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Regenstrief to Highlight Open Source Projects for Health Information Exchange, Data Analysis at MedInfo 2015

Press Release | Regenstrief Institute | August 20, 2015

Regenstrief Institute investigators experienced in the use of data to improve health care and its delivery in resource-constrained environments will introduce attendees at MedInfo 2015 to open source options for health information exchange and data analysis. Regenstrief investigator Shaun Grannis, M.D....and colleagues will present a workshop on OpenHIE, an international health information interoperability initiative supported by a growing community of governments, organizations, companies and individuals. Dr. Grannis, associate professor of family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, is OpenHIE's chief architect, spearheading overall design.

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SAP Commits To Cloud Foundry And OpenStack For Innovative Development In The Cloud

Press Release | SAP | July 22, 2014

SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) is committed to an open platform for customers and partners to run their businesses in real time in the cloud. SAP today announced that it has become a sponsor of two key open source communities: Cloud Foundry®, the industry-leading open platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and the OpenStack Foundation, delivering the industry-leading open infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)...

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Storming the Government Castle

Open source software seems like a perfect fit for government IT projects. Developers can take advantage of existing code bases and, it's hoped, mold that code to their needs quickly and at less cost than developing code from scratch. Over the last few years, governments in the U.S. and abroad have been more closely embracing open source. However, agencies at all levels of U.S. government are still wary of open source and can be reluctant to adopt it. It's still not easy for government projects to use open source or for developers employed in the public sector to contribute their work to open source project...

The Community-Led Renaissance of Open Source

In a revival and expansion of the principles that drove the first generation of community-led open source commercial players, creators are now coming together in a new form of collaboration. Rather than withholding software under a different license, they're partnering with each other to provide the same kinds of professional assurances that companies such as Red Hat discovered were necessary back in the day, but for the thousands of discrete components that make up the modern development platform. Today's generation of entrepreneurial open source creators is leaving behind the scarcity mindset that bore open core and its brethren. Instead, they're advancing an optimistic, additive, and still practical model that adds missing commercial value on top of raw open source.

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The European Commission To Create Level Playing Field For Open Source

The European Commission (EC) announced on March 27 that it is going to create a level playing field for open source software when procuring new software solutions. Evaluation of open source and proprietary software will take into account their total cost of ownership and exit costs. “For all future IT developments, the Commission shall promote the use of products that support recognized, well-documented and preferably open technical specifications that can be freely adopted, implemented and extended. Interoperability is a critical issue for the Commission, and use of well-established standards is a key factor to achieve it”, the EC announces in a new ten point strategy.

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Tips for Non-Native English Speakers Working on Open Source Projects

The primary language of most open source projects is English, but open source users and contributors span the globe. Non-native speakers face many communication and cultural challenges when participating in the ecosystem. In this article, we will share challenges, how to overcome them, and best practices for easing onboarding of non-native speakers, as non-native English speakers and contributors to OpenStack. We are based in Japan, Brazil, and China, and work daily with the huge OpenStack community that is spread around the world. The official language of OpenStack is English, which means we communicate daily as non-native speakers...