With over 8,000 members worldwide, OpenClinica is leading the charge on bringing professional quality open source software to the world of clinical trials. Many people within the OpenClinica community are interested in ways to influence the development of the electronic data capture and clinical data management system for their own purposes as well as for the greater benefit of the community. I want to briefly point out a little known, but powerful way to contribute by participating in the OpenClinica Community Virtual Forum.

The OpenClinica Community Virtual Forum is a bi-monthly web meeting of OpenClinica users who get together to provide input on new OpenClinica features and functionality and detail their experiences in working with the system. Meetings are kept small and intimate, and topics to the point. The Virtual Forum is oriented towards users of the system, not software programmers. Participants include data managers, study programmers, biostatisticians, and other users from a variety of organizations representing both the industry and academic worlds.

The exchange of ideas and feedback that has occurred in past Virtual Forums has significantly helped to refine the way functionality has been implemented and influence OpenClinica’s short and long term roadmap. In our most recent meeting last November, we discussed Dynamic Logic and received early feedback on the newly released OpenClinica 3.0.

The next Virtual Forum is scheduled for January 19th, 2010. If you would like to potentially participate in future Forum meetings, please send an email to community-forum@akazaresearch.com. For more information about the OpenClinica Virtual Forum, see https://www.openclinica.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=publicwiki:virtualforum:start.