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Collaborative Software Initiative and Utah Taking Open Source Vertical

May 20th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The vast majority of open source projects are horizontals – they solve a general type of problem rather than a specific problem itself. There are open source document management systems, open source content management systems, open source office productivity systems. Hopefully you get the idea. But how many open source insurance policy systems are there? How many open source telco billing systems are there? There aren’t a lot of open source enterprise solutions out there. Platforms, yes. Solutions – not yet.

That is, not until Collaborative Software Initiative and the State of Utah open source UT-NEDSS, their web-based infectious disease reporting and management system later this year. Can you get any more vertical than that?

Here’s a quote from a recent press release about this project that I think highlights the value of applying open source approaches to vertical problems in the specific context of infectious disease management:

“The project is a perfect example of how collaboration in software can have an impact on society – in this case, we can help prevent the spread of disease and improve quality of care for patients by developing a system that works for everyone,” said Stuart Cohen, CEO of CSI. “The State of Utah is taking a necessary leadership role to begin the rollout of an infectious disease reporting and management system for the 21st century. We are very excited to enable that transition and to work with other states to deploy this important system.”

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I think vertical open source solutions like UT-NEDSS are going to have a very important role in the overall IT landscape in the future. Enterprising organizations and individuals who can take open source platforms, apply them to vertical problems, and then release them to the programming world are going to be major players in shaping the software industry. I think it’s really cool. And I’m proud to be involved with this project, even if it’s just a minor role.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark Orciuch // Dec 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Link to UT-NEDSS is broken

  • 2 davidray // Dec 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    You're right Mark. Here's an updated link to the TriSano product site (we've renamed the product since this post). I hope that helps!

  • 3 Mark Orciuch // Dec 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks. I think I now understand the difference between traditional "open source" and "community source". So, there's no software to download – you get it via subscription? What about the Community Edition?

  • 4 davidray // Jan 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Hi Mark,
    Community Edition is downloadable. Just go to the community edition site ( to get it.

    Feel free to join us in irc (freenode/trisano) if you have any questions about downloading/installing.



  • 5 IT consulting // Jul 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    establishing platforms i think is a step closer to the solution. it would be quite difficult to establish one without going through this first.

    IT has become essential to everyone — from a big time firm to a regular individual. innovations like these are realy a necessity now

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