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January 11, 2007

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Hi Bruno,

I just came across your article and I realize this comment is probably almost four months too late but have you received any updates on the status of the project?

Being a software engineer I was interested on how people not working in the public health sector can help out. Can GPHIN become Open Source? Maybe the 'search engine' aspect can be developed separately through an open source project where technical professionals can contribute to improving its functionality on almost no additional funding. Please let me know if you can find out if there's any way for someone like me to get involved, I wasn't able to find anything on Google when I searched for it.

Thanks!

Hell Maryam,
yes, there have been updates on the status of the project (codename INSTEDD), you find them all here:
http://www.lunchoverip.com/2006/03/can_the_interne.html
As you will see by reading that (the updates are appended at the end of the post), there isn't much action with GPHIN: Larry Brilliant has decided to go another route to build INSTEDD and as Ron St John says at the end of this post, there haven't been many contacts between the two groups. Your idea about opensourcing it is a good one, but apparently not the one chosen: Brilliant is the head of Google.org and he can draw on the Google resources and others for the tech; he is also well-known in disaster preparedness and response circles and can draw on resources there, too. I'm following the developments of this and I will keep posting updates and list them under that main post. Thank you, B-

Hi Bruno,

I have been following your recent blogs with considerable interest. I am a public health physician and co-founder of the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN) who developed and lunched the first prototype for Health Canada in 1999. Subsequently GPHIN system has been integrated into the World Health Organization (WHO) operations since the year 2000. Dr. Larry Brilliant from Google.org has the right vision for future public health early warning system/network serving the global community. I agree that the new web-based system not only has to be timely and efficient with the latest information management technology tools and human skills for data collection and analysis but also has to be open, free and transparent. In addition access to the designated web page/blog should be available to anyone from anywhere to post relevant information on future outbreaks and other significant public health events. The new system should serve not only health officials but it also should contribute to the greater public good. Finally the new system has to develop its own credibility and recognition based on sources and methods and that will take time. As far as I can see we do not have such system for global public health today and it is yet to be developed combining all the attributes mentioned before. It may be a challenge but it can be done in the right and supportive environment as it was done 10 years ago with the GPHIN system.

Best regards

Rudi

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