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  • Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS Nicolás di Tada October 2008 Using Open-Source Software for Public Health
  • OPEN SOURCE AND FREE SOFTWARE
    • “ Open Source” was coined to avoid the confusion with economic context
    • Emphasis is on freedom to use, modify and distribute the source code
    • Open Source does not mean free
    • “ Free” refers to no cost and the freedom to use the software
    • There are several license models
  • LICENSE MODELS
  • BUSINESS MODEL
    • Where does a commercial company fit here?
    • Build and tie together several open source packages
    • Provide tested open source solutions and customer support
  • OPEN SOURCE BENEFITS
  • OPEN SOURCE CHALLENGES
    • May lack a complete documentation
    • No risk but reputation in releasing a product that is not production ready
    • No support contract and the creator has no obligation to provide any support
    • The project might get abandoned
  • WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
    • Commercial companies giving implementations, consulting and support
    • Community activity
    • Project history and reputation
    • Success stories
    • Documentation
  • OPEN SOURCE SAMPLE APPLICATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
  • BIOCASTER
    • A collaborative research project
    • Infectious diseases and chemicals detection and tracking
    • Feature extraction
    • Open source and multi-lingual taxonomy (version 2.0 released)
    • KML files available for use in Google Earth
    • New links to GoPubMed
    http://biocaster.nii.ac.jp
  • TRANSTAT
    • Test for the presence of human-to-human transmission (or animal-to-animal in veterinary settings)
    • Estimate epidemiologic characteristics of the disease
    https://www.epimodels.org/midas/transtat.do
  • MIRTH: HL7 INTERFACE
    • Platform neutral
    • Evolving GUI interface
    • Bidirectional messaging
    • Remote configuration
    • Mirth hardware solutions (Pico, Appliances)
    • Uses open source a light-weight messaging framework (Mule)
    http://www.mirth.org
  • INSTEDD: RIFF AND RNA
    • Riff: Collaboration platform
    • RNA: Human collaboration and machine learning for early disease detection and prediction
    http://riff.instedd.org
  • WEKA
    • A collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining in Java
    • Tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization
    http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~ml/weka
  • PENTAHO
    • Reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and workflow.
    http://www.pentaho.com
  • CABIG™: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS GRID
    • A model for large scale collaborative development
    • All new projects must be open access and open source
    • Compatibility Guidelines (Legacy, Bronze, Silver and Gold) assure that applications meet minimum interoperability requirements.
    • Shared data standards repository, sharing and reusing of object classes for applications across the grid. Large suite of applications in development
    https://cabig.nci.nih.gov
  • SAHANA DISASTER MANAGEMENT
    • Sahana = “relief” in Sinhalese
    • Person registry
    • GIS Mapping
    • Event communications
    • Some support provided by Google’s open source initiative
    http://cvs.opensource.lk/index.php
  • Q&A
  • THANK YOU!
    • Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS
    • http://www.instedd.org
    • [email_address]
    • http://taha.instedd.org
    • Nicolás di Tada
    • http://www.manas.com.ar
    • [email_address]
    • http://weblogs.manas.com.ar/ndt/
  • REFERENCES
    • Open Source License References
      • http://www.opensource.org/licenses
      • http://openacs.org/about/licensing/open-source-licensing
    • Open Source References
      • http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/open-source-life-how-the-open-movement-will-change-everything.html
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source
      • http://www.opensource.org/  
    • Open Source and Public Health References
      • Open Source Development for Public Health: A Primer with Examples of Existing Enterprise Ready Open Source Applications in Turner (2006)
      • http://www.ibiblio.org/pjones/wiki/index.php/Open_Source_Software_for_Public_Health
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_healthcare_software
      • http://www.epha.org/a/320
      • A Quick Survey of Open Source Software for Public Health Organizations in Mirabito and Kass-Hout (2007)