Wishing to Join the Academic Outreach Project?
- See: Academic Outreach Membership Structure
- Then: contact project lead email@example.com or OHT Membership
Note: The Academic Outreach Project has standardized on the the OSI BSD license template: (see reference)
The Academic Outreach Project is composed of three major activities:
- Education Stream (currently an active project): Is focused on the establishment and improvement of training programs in educational institutions that develop the modern HIT skills needed to advance health quality and affordability. The cornerstone of the Education Stream is the annual Academic Challenge, which focuses each year on a set of critical HIT skills. Student code developed for the Academic Challenge competition is managed in a CollabNet Education Stream code repository sub-project. In addition, Academic Outreach membership organizations may be granted access to these OHT collaboration resources to teach teamwork in HIT courses as well as train Academic Challenge teams. Finally, collaboratively-developed course training tools can be made available through an OHT Education Stream project.
- Incubator Stream (project in planning): Is focused on the development of university-based commitment circles for formalized open source code suitable for production settings. The commitment circle is sponsored by an Academic Program Support Office within a college or university, although membership within the commitment circle may include any individual, academic or non-academic, approved by the OHT Program Support Office within the institution. The hope is that a portion of the code that originates in the Education Stream or Research Stream will be formalized into production quality code through the formal commitment circle process. This code is to be managed in a CollabNet Incubator Stream code repository sub-project.
- Research Stream (project in planning): Is focused on the support of individual academic institutions and academic consortia that wish to submit the results of their research to the open source community. In this case, the commitment of code is managed in a similar fashion to Academic Challenge code, but is managed in a CollabNet Research Stream code repository sub-project.
The Support Programs for the Academic Outreach Project are nominally organized by National Geographies, which allow groups to self-organize locally in order to focus on strategic projects related to specific national HIT architectures. However, since health cost and quality are universal concerns, collaborations between institutions across national borders are encouraged, especially in those areas where national and international initiatives align.
Important links for the Academic Outreach Project are available from the left hand navigation area.