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Using Open Source Software For Public Health Kass-Hout Di Tada


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Using Open Source Software For Public Health Kass-Hout Di Tada

  1. 1. Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS Nicolás di Tada October 2008 Using Open-Source Software for Public Health
  2. 2. OPEN SOURCE AND FREE SOFTWARE <ul><li>“ Open Source” was coined to avoid the confusion with economic context </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis is on freedom to use, modify and distribute the source code </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source does not mean free </li></ul><ul><li>“ Free” refers to no cost and the freedom to use the software </li></ul><ul><li>There are several license models </li></ul>
  4. 4. BUSINESS MODEL <ul><li>Where does a commercial company fit here? </li></ul><ul><li>Build and tie together several open source packages </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tested open source solutions and customer support </li></ul>
  6. 6. OPEN SOURCE CHALLENGES <ul><li>May lack a complete documentation </li></ul><ul><li>No risk but reputation in releasing a product that is not production ready </li></ul><ul><li>No support contract and the creator has no obligation to provide any support </li></ul><ul><li>The project might get abandoned </li></ul>
  7. 7. WHAT TO LOOK FOR? <ul><li>Commercial companies giving implementations, consulting and support </li></ul><ul><li>Community activity </li></ul><ul><li>Project history and reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Success stories </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul>
  9. 9. BIOCASTER <ul><li>A collaborative research project </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious diseases and chemicals detection and tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Feature extraction </li></ul><ul><li>Open source and multi-lingual taxonomy (version 2.0 released) </li></ul><ul><li>KML files available for use in Google Earth </li></ul><ul><li>New links to GoPubMed </li></ul>
  10. 10. TRANSTAT <ul><li>Test for the presence of human-to-human transmission (or animal-to-animal in veterinary settings) </li></ul><ul><li>Estimate epidemiologic characteristics of the disease </li></ul>
  11. 11. MIRTH: HL7 INTERFACE <ul><li>Platform neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving GUI interface </li></ul><ul><li>Bidirectional messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Remote configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Mirth hardware solutions (Pico, Appliances) </li></ul><ul><li>Uses open source a light-weight messaging framework (Mule) </li></ul>
  12. 12. INSTEDD: RIFF AND RNA <ul><li>Riff: Collaboration platform </li></ul><ul><li>RNA: Human collaboration and machine learning for early disease detection and prediction </li></ul>
  13. 13. WEKA <ul><li>A collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining in Java </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for data pre-processing, classification, regression, clustering, association rules, and visualization </li></ul>
  14. 14. PENTAHO <ul><li>Reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and workflow. </li></ul>
  15. 15. CABIG™: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS GRID <ul><li>A model for large scale collaborative development </li></ul><ul><li>All new projects must be open access and open source </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility Guidelines (Legacy, Bronze, Silver and Gold) assure that applications meet minimum interoperability requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Shared data standards repository, sharing and reusing of object classes for applications across the grid. Large suite of applications in development </li></ul>
  16. 16. SAHANA DISASTER MANAGEMENT <ul><li>Sahana = “relief” in Sinhalese </li></ul><ul><li>Person registry </li></ul><ul><li>GIS Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Event communications </li></ul><ul><li>Some support provided by Google’s open source initiative </li></ul>
  17. 17. Q&A
  18. 18. THANK YOU! <ul><li>Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Nicolás di Tada </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. REFERENCES <ul><li>Open Source License References </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source References </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source and Public Health References </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Development for Public Health: A Primer with Examples of Existing Enterprise Ready Open Source Applications in Turner (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Quick Survey of Open Source Software for Public Health Organizations in Mirabito and Kass-Hout (2007) </li></ul></ul>