Back in 2004, when I would tell people about our open source electronic data capture (EDC) technology and our open source business model, I got a lot of crazy looks and confused reactions.

Fortunately, these days there is a much greater understanding in our industry of what open source software is and for the significance of its ability to solve core problems that proprietary software cannot. However, we still have to try very hard to make sure our users understand what is different about open source and what they should expect. Over the course of my next few posts I’ll explore some aspects of how open source matters in clinical research informatics. Some of the ideas I’ll be exploring include (note this list may change, don’t hold me to it):

  • Validation and Compliance
  • Security
  • Support and reliability
  • Customization
  • Cost