The RODS Open Source Project Open Source Outbreak and Disease Surveillance
Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance
(RODS) is open-source public health surveillance software. RODS collects
and analyzes disease surveillance data in real time and has been in development
since 1999 by the RODS
Laboratory. In 2002, the Utah Department of Health
used the software for monitoring during the Winter Olympics Games.
At present, health departments and other groups in the United
States, Canada and Taiwan use the software.
The open-source phase of the project began in August, 2003,
when the University of Pittsburgh released the source code under the GNU
GPL. (The software is currently licensed under the Affero GPL -- so we
could close the services provider loophole. Groups that utilize
version 4.2.5 or later of RODS must release their improvements to the
open source project according to this license.) At the same time,
the RODS Laboratory created this web site to distribute the source code
and to encourage developers, consultants, academics, and companies to
participate in the creation of the most innovative outbreak and disease
surveillance software in existence.
For additional information about the RODS software,
go to the introduction . For
information about how to participate in development of RODS, go to the