Hussein, Rada and Khalifa, Aly and Jiménez Castellanos, Ana and Calle Velasco, Guillermo de la and Ramírez Robles, Máximo and Crespo del Arco, Jose and Pérez del Rey, David and García Remesal, Miguel and Anguita Sanchez, Alberto and Alonso Calvo, Raul and Iglesia Jimenez, Diana de la and Barreiro Sorrivas, Jose Maria and Maojo García, Victor Manuel
Accessing and managing open medical resources in Africa over the Internet.
In: "International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering 2014 (ICCMSE-2014)", 4-7 Apr 2014, Atenas, Grecia. ISBN 978-0-7354-1255-2. pp. 786-789.
Recent commentaries have proposed the advantages of using open exchange of data and informatics resources for improving health-related policies and patient care in Africa. Yet, in many African regions, both private medical and public health information systems are still unaffordable. Open exchange over the social Web 2.0 could encourage more altruistic support of medical initiatives. We have carried out some experiments to demonstrate the feasibility of using this approach to disseminate open data and informatics resources in Africa. After the experiments we developed the AFRICA BUILD Portal, the first Social Network for African biomedical researchers. Through the AFRICA BUILD Portal users can access in a transparent way to several resources. Currently, over 600 researchers are using distributed and open resources through this platform committed to low connections.