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NHS England Creates Open Source 'Super' Community Organization

Rebecca McBeth | digitalhealth.net | June 25, 2015

NHS England has set up a ‘super CIC’ to act as a centre of excellence and attract funding for open source projects within health and social care. Peter Coates, NHS England's open source programme manager, told Digital Health News the new community interest company has already received a number of grants, including money from NHS England, to progress outcomes around urgent care and the Code4Health programme.

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Oldies But Goodies: Seven Projects Still Rocking Open Source

Dave Gruber | Open Source Delivers | October 2, 2012

We all get excited about the latest hot open source projects like CloudStack and Boot to Gecko — they’re new and exciting and the possibilities seem endless.  But what about the many long-running projects that have been core to the world of open source for decades? The ones that have truly stood the test of time? Read More »

Open Source at the American Red Cross

Megan DeGruttola | Open Source Delivers | January 15, 2015

When local and national disasters happen, organizations like the American Red Cross are there to provide emergency relief. Quickly and effectively mobilizing over a million volunteers is a technological challenge that regional American Red Cross divisions are turning to open source to solve. Read More »

Open Source Companies-Key Tasks: Marketing and Press Relations

Steven Vaughan-Nichols...is here to tell us that marketing is a big part of your job if you want a successful open source company. He has heard a lot of people saying that marketing isn’t necessary anymore. The reason it’s necessary is because writing great code is not enough – if no one else knows about it it doesn’t matter. You need to talk with people about the project to make it a success...

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Open Source Day at Grace Hopper 2015

The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) started out like any other, with a giant room filled with thousands of women with a passion for technology and computing. This year's welcome keynote opened with green lights strobing over a dark room. What a way to highlight the rows and rows of women ready to learn, connect, and join new communities. Telle Whitney, founder of GHC, was first to the podium and offered a heartfelt and sincere welcome message that brought a tear to my eye. She spoke of the women who built GHC from their vision of a better future, where women and men take equal part in technology, and of her diagnosis of an auto immune disease. But she's doing well she says, and thanked everyone for their thoughts and concern...

Open Source Forms the Backbone of the Most Significant Projects

Organizations large and small are changing their approach to open source software (OSS). Increasingly, OSS is being viewed as more than just a development tool, but as a strategic asset. And the implications of this change are becoming clear... Read More »

Open Source Governance and the Rise of a New Open Health Movement

It's hard to tell if (or when) new open source foundations will appear and claim a leading role in healthcare. It would be interesting to see one created to scale an existing viable model, such as the one from Oroville Hospital using VistA. Or we could see OSEHRA shifting its focus and expanding its charter beyond just the US government space. Nevertheless, the successful foundation would keep a low barrier to entry for innovators, allowing them to incorporate and scale open source healthcare technologies into commercial products. Time will tell, but what's for certain is that we live in interesting times, and I am looking forward to massive innovation in healthcare in the near future. The time is ripe.

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Open Source Maintainers Take Center Stage, Joined by Leaders from GitHub, Red Hat, Google, and JFrog at Tidelift Upstream Event

Press Release | Tidelift | May 18, 2021

Tidelift, the premier provider of solutions for managing the open source software behind modern applications, today announced the schedule for Upstream, a free, one-day virtual event that brings together developers, open source maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work. United by a vision to make open source work better for everyone, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the maintainers behind the open source tools they use every day and learn from industry experts developing with open source at scale. "We don't often stop to think about all the open source libraries, frameworks, and components we depend on until something goes wrong. Upstream aims to change that," said Joshua Simmons, ecosystem strategy lead, Tidelift. "We're honored to have the opportunity to bring together some of the greatest minds in open source and celebrate all of the things that make open source and the people who work on it amazing."

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Open Source Motion Controller Revolutionizes Human-Computer Interactions

The Leap Motion Controller is a step towards breaking down this barrier with motion control, using the original human interface: the hand. It’s a small USB peripheral that tracks your hands within an interaction zone of eight cubic feet. While the hardware is fairly simple—featuring three infrared lights and a pair of cameras—the software makes possible high-precision tracking with near-zero latency... Read More »

Open Source Projects Are Transforming Machine Learning and AI

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have quickly gained traction with the public through applications such as Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. The true promise of these disciplines, though, extends far beyond simple speech recognition performed on our smartphones.  New, open source tools are arriving that can run on affordable hardware and allow individuals and small organizations to perform prodigious data crunching and predictive tasks.

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Open Source Software Foundation Implements suiteCRM to Support Code4Health

Press Release | Open Source Software Foundation | October 15, 2015

NHS finances are under intense pressure and demand for services is rising. Something has to give and business as usual is not an option. NHS England recognised this when it supported the establishment of Code4Health, an initiative that stimulates and supports IT innovation in healthcare. One of outcomes of the initiative was to establish an open source (OS) practice, reaching out to an increasing number of open source projects, providing software suitable for use across UK health and care. Read More »

Open Source Software Now Permitted in the U.S. House of Representatives

Press Release | OpenGov Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Congressional Data Coalition | June 25, 2015

The OpenGov Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation and the Congressional Data Coalition (CDC) today announced that Members, Committees, and staff within the U.S. House of Representatives are now able to use official resources to procure open source software, to fully participate in open source software communities, and to contribute software code developed with taxpayer dollars back to the public under an open source license. Read More »

Open Source To Be Big Tech Fund 2 Winner (UK)

Jon Hoeksma | eHealth Insider | January 25, 2015

Open source projects will likely be the stand-out winners of NHS England’s tech fund 2 awards, EHI News has learned. Projects based on use of open source clinical software are expected to be largely spared the axe that has been wielded on other projects, after an estimated £90 million was slashed from the £240 million Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund according to EHI News sources.

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OpenMRS & OpenEMR Community Members Join Forces - Announce LibreHealth

Press Release | LibreHealth | November 10, 2016

Senior contributors and leaders from OpenMRS & OpenEMR, the two leading open source Health IT platforms, have announced the formation of LibreHealth, a new initiative to expand on many years of work by those communities’ volunteers through increased focused on needs of its users in critical areas. After many years of growth under the sponsorship of organizations OEMR & OpenMRS Inc., key members of the two communities have joined forces to launch a successor free & open source software community to fulfill their vision of improved health outcomes around the world.

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OpenMRS Announces 2017 Google Summer of Code students

Congratulations to the 15 students selected by OpenMRS to participate in Google Summer of Code™ this year! A total of nearly 1,400 students were selected to participate with 201 different open-source projects. As the organization administrators for the program, we are thrilled to announce our 11th year of participation yet in the annual event graciously sponsored by Google. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in this great program in the last 10 years and are even more excited about the students, projects and mentors that are participating this year. Coding for OpenMRS is a great way for university students to practice coding skills and at the same time help benefit people in developing countries who are on the front lines of the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and other public health challenges. Read More »