We aim to advance medical research through better integration of information technology in medical research. There is a need for #OpenSourceResearch platform in both developed and developing countries.
In developed countries, where the advanced health system provides a solid structure for medical research, trillions of gigabytes of data are generated every day. However, the use of these data is limited. One of the reasons is that few people have the knowledge of and training required to dig up in this data and get results. Data analysis to get useful results requires a combination of two different sets of knowledge. Knowing the digital healthcare data, clinical settings and what is needed in management of patients on one hand and knowing the information technology, data mining and programming on the other hand. Researchers from different disciplines may see the world from different angles. By having this platform, we aim to integrate researchers from different specialties to develop a vision that combines these two different types of knowledge.
In developing countries by contrast, the problem is different. Intelligent, qualified people with energy and will to conduct research, have difficulties in producing high quality research due to underdeveloped infrastructure in their countries. The #OpenSourceResearch collaboration will provide the needed training and experience to integrate the intellectual power of these researchers into a global network.
We believe that supporting researchers in developing countries will spread the scientific knowledge and increase the chances to development in these societies. The ubiquitous spread of Internet encourages #OpenSourceResearch collaboration by using the network effect.