Building sustainable capacity for health research in africa through cloud computing applications

Maojo Garcia, Victor Manuel and Pérez del Rey, David and Iglesia Jimenez, Diana de la and Calle, Guillermo de la and Jiménez Castellanos, Ana and Hussein, Rada and Khalifa, Aly (2012). Building sustainable capacity for health research in africa through cloud computing applications. In: "IST-Africa 2012 conference proceedings", 09/05/2012 - 11/05/2012, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. ISBN 978-1-905824-34-2. pp. 1-8.

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Title: Building sustainable capacity for health research in africa through cloud computing applications
Author/s:
  • Maojo Garcia, Victor Manuel
  • Pérez del Rey, David
  • Iglesia Jimenez, Diana de la
  • Calle, Guillermo de la
  • Jiménez Castellanos, Ana
  • Hussein, Rada
  • Khalifa, Aly
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: IST-Africa 2012 conference proceedings
Event Dates: 09/05/2012 - 11/05/2012
Event Location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Title of Book: IST-Africa 2012 Conference Proceedings
Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-905824-34-2
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Cloud computing, open source software, medical informatics, elearning, developing countries, Africa, computación en la nube, software de código abierto, informática médica, países en desarrollo.
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Access to information and continuous education represent critical factors for physicians and researchers over the world. For African professionals, this situation is even more problematic due to the frequently difficult access to technological infrastructures and basic information. Both education and information technologies (e.g., including hardware, software or networking) are expensive and unaffordable for many African professionals. Thus, the use of e-learning and an open approach to information exchange and software use have been already proposed to improve medical informatics issues in Africa. In this context, the AFRICA BUILD project, supported by the European Commission, aims to develop a virtual platform to provide access to a wide range of biomedical informatics and learning resources to professionals and researchers in Africa. A consortium of four African and four European partners work together in this initiative. In this framework, we have developed a prototype of a cloud-computing infrastructure to demonstrate, as a proof of concept, the feasibility of this approach. We have conducted the experiment in two different locations in Africa: Burundi and Egypt. As shown in this paper, technologies such as cloud computing and the use of open source medical software for a large range of case present significant challenges and opportunities for developing countries, such as many in Africa.

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Item ID: 19526
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/19526/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:19526
Official URL: http://www.ist-africa.org/home/default.asp?page=doc-by-id&docid=6064
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 10 Oct 2013 14:22
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 19:55
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