The RODS Open Source Project
Open Source Outbreak and Disease Surveillance Software

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Contribute

There are a number of ways you can help the open source project.

Assist in Development

RODS needs people who:

  • write documentation
  • come up with good ideas
  • report bugs and help in their resolution
  • send us new code or patches (but please make sure that new code does not break things that work)
  • initiate the development of new features
  • incorporate existing GPL-compatible code
  • incorporate other open source syndromic surveillance projects
  • write code
  • write code

How do I start getting involved?

  1. Register at Sourceforge if you don't already have a membership.
  2. Determine which functional area you are interested in helping develop: overall, data collection, classification (NLP), database and data warehousing, outbreak detection algorithms, data access, and user interfaces
  3. Start working on the code.

The RODS general mailing list is a place where people ask for help with RODS installation, configuration and usage. You can subscribe to the mailing list here. If you know the answer to a question appearing in the mailing list, please don't hesitate to send a message to the list. We appreciate your help in making the mailing list a place where it is easy to get help.

We believe that the best way to improve, and demonstrate the efficacy of syndromic surveillance is by using it. When we detect the next big one everyone will be happy we did.

The RODS Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh runs the RODS software in a production setting for health departments. Vist the RODS Lab Public Health Data Center if you want more information.


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