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  • May 2, 2015 - Samsung Open Source Group

    Open Source Weekly Wrap Up: April 26 – May 2, 2015

    OpenMRS Used to Tackle Ebola In order to handle diseases like Ebola, it is extremely important to have accessible medical records that are accurate up the the minute. During the Ebola surge in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea in the fall of 2014, ingenious individuals devised a sanitary tablet system that can be used while wearing bulky protective gear to give the doctors the hardware needed to access these records. On the software end, OpenMRS was chosen the handle the wealth of medical records associated with this undertaking. Commercial applications are not equipped to handle the unique problems created by a disease like Ebola, meaning that customization is important in order to fit the specific problem. The customization potential of open source software like OpenMRS is what makes open source much more valuable to people who are trying to solve challenging problems like the Ebola outbreak. More from Indiana University […]

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  • April 9, 2015 - Ben Lloyd Pearson

    We Run on Open Source

    Open source developers can create an immense amount of value for any company that relies on open source software by giving the company the ability to direct and influence aspects of the open source community. This allows the company to shape the tools they rely on, making them better fit their needs: a phenomenon otherwise known as “scratching their own itch.” While an open source developer’s primary skill is writing good code, their value extends far beyond technical skills. Adopting open source practices requires participation in diverse communities that have a number of stakeholders who each have their own itches to scratch.  Open source developers find themselves in a complex position that requires them to be experts not only in their technical field, but also in communication and collaboration. Open source development is a collaborative process that happens all over the world, and our group is no different with developers […]

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