We would like to announce the start of a GIS workgroup!
This summer, a collaboration of the University of Southern Maine and Maine Medical Center Research Institute started the process of bringing GIS capabilities to the OHDSI platform. We have reached the point in the project where we would like to reach out to see if anyone would be interested in joining in on the endeavor. A short presentation regarding where we are with the project is available on the September 6th OHDSI Collaborator meeting (relevant portion starts ~2:50)
Qualities of our dev team:
- Supported by consultation from a cross-disciple academic cluster, including faculty from bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, public health and GIS
- Ambitious, creative, team players
- Aim to make significant improvements to OHDSI
- There is one of us so far
While I’m sure most anyone can find a way to contribute, here is a list of skills we are actively seeking:
- Database design/integration - how does all of this fit together?
- OHDSI tool implementation - how can we leverage existing functionality?
- Geocoding - which APIs should we incorporate? how to approach data privacy concerns?
- Mapping/Visualization software - QGis, Geoserver, etc
- Geospatial variable generation - which function is the best fit for situation x?
- R programming, specifically package design
- OHDSI design standards
Options for more information:
- Watch the WebEx video linked above
- Flip through slides of aforementioned presentation
- Contact via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or forum message
- Come say hello at the symposium