[imiaoswg] A quick update to ensure you we are still here

  • From: "Peter Murray - IMIA UK rep." <imia.ukrep@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: imiaoswg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 15:29:45 +0000

Hello, everyone -
a short note to let you know that the IMIA Open Source Working Group is 
still alive and kicking - it's just that Graham Wright and I have been so 
busy over this past year, it has been difficult to find time to do WG stuff 
that has been oriented to getting all of you involved. We will try and 
correct that over the next few months.

An update based on our report to the IMIA General Assembly is available 
through the website - www.chirad.info/imiaoswg - shows that we have been 
doing things.

Thanks to those who were involved in preparing submissions for medinfo2004 
- we should hear about those in January. However, I have also said that we 
wish to hold a joint IMIA OSWG and IMIA-NI OSNI meeting at medinfo2004 - so 
plan to be there if you can.

Graham Wright and I did a tutorial that was co-badged as  IMIA OSWG at the 
AMIA Fall meeting in Washington DC recently.

If any of you are AMIA members and have not already responded to the recent 
email to members, there is frantic activity going on at present to try and 
set up an AMIA open source WG - contact Tim Cook - tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  - for further details.

I am on holiday from 23 Nov to 10 December - when I get back, I would like 
to start getting some OSNI activites started - including upgrading the 
website, which I know some people have already expressed interest in 
helping with.

If anyone is going to be doing any conference presentations on OS, we can 
look at giving OSWG 'sponsorship' to them (no money, but the name on the 
submission can often help!). We want to get the members of the group 
involved in activities - I know some of you expressed interest in potential 
activities - my sincere apologies for not yet following up on them; we will 
try to do better over 2004.

Final bit of news - we have had discussions with Ignacio Valdes and agreed 
to endorse Linuxmedicalnews as our official 'news outlet' for the WG. We 
will be finalising a form of words that everyone is happy with, but I think 
the WG members deserve to be the first to know. LinuxMednews remains 
totally independent and run by Ignacio, but we hope to work together to 
everyone's mutual benefit.

You may also want to look at the following if you haven't already had an 
invite - www.chirad.info/opensteps/marwell01.htm - we cannot pay travel for 
people to get there, but if you are interested in attending, let us know 
(see below for pasted text of the meeting information).

More when I get back from holidays.

Regards, Peter Murray


The Marwell Open Steps meeting is the first of a series of three meetings 
planned for 2004 as part of the activities of the IMIA Open Source and Open 
Source Nursing Informatics Working Groups.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify key issues, opportunities, 
obstacles, areas of work and research that may be needed, and other 
relevant aspects, around the potential for using open source software, 
solutions and approaches within health care, and in particular within 
health informatics, in the UK and Europe.

Participants will gather for lunch at 12:30 on Tuesday 10 February. The 
afternoon and the following morning will be organised around a series of 
workshops and breakout meetings. We will use the Interactive Presenter 
digital voting technologies, provided by Peak Performance of Chepstow, to 
poll opinion and stimulate discussions. The meeting will finish with lunch 
on Wednesday 11 February. A private dinner has been arranged for the 
Tuesday evening, and participants will be accommodated overnight at the 
Marwell Hotel. Further detail will be sent to registered participants in 
late January 2004.

The meeting will be loosely based in format on the successful 'radical 
Steps' meetings held by the BCS Health Informatics Committee, but in 
addition to seeking the breadth of participants' opinions will, through the 
use of Interactive Presenter and Delphi-like iterative processes, will seek 
to prioritise issues. The meeting will generate reports that will form the 
basis of further discussion at the HC2004 and medinfo2004 meetings. 
Individual views of participants will not be attributed, to allow for free 
expression and broad discussion.

The Marwell meeting will be followed by a larger meeting to be held at 
HC2004 in Harrogate in March, which will allow for a wider audience of 
clinicians, managers, informaticians and other interested parties to attend 
and explore and expand on the issues raised from the Marwell meeting. A 
further meeting, to seek international exploration of the issues raised in 
the first two meetings, will be held at medinfo2004 in San Francisco in 
September, as part of the IMIA Open Source and Open Source Nursing 
Informatics Working Groups' meeting. In addition, reports from all of these 
meetings will be made available through the chirad.info website, and we 
will encourage further contributions from those unable to attend the Open 
Steps meetings.


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