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Open Source Software Ecosystems in Health Sector: A Case Study from Sri Lanka

Abstract : A software ecosystem consists of a software platform, a set of internal and external developers and domain experts in service to a community of users that compose relevant solution elements to satisfy their needs. Open source is well-known for its potential to frame software ecosystems with its networking tendency and provision for further customization with access to software source code. Open source is increasingly becoming the choice for health information system implementations in low resource settings.This longitudinal case study was designed to study the research question, how a software ecosystem is being built around an open source health information system implementation. Empirically the study was positioned in a multi-sector initiative identifying and support nutritionally at-risk households to eliminating malnutrition. The discussion reveals how new dependencies between health and non-health sector actors were created with the emerging software ecosystem based on an open source framework and supplementary custom-built web and mobile components.
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Roshan Hewapathirana, Pamod Amarakoon, Jørn Braa. Open Source Software Ecosystems in Health Sector: A Case Study from Sri Lanka. 14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D), May 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. pp.71-80, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_7⟩. ⟨hal-01650092⟩

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