2010-10-14 Leadership Conference Call


14 October 2010

How To Join

Contact Paul Biondich for more information on how to join the call.

In Attendance

  • Paul Biondich
  • Hamish Fraser
  • Darius Jazayeri
  • Andy Kanter
  • Burke Mamlin
  • Dawn Smith
  • Ben Wolfe


Certification Process (15 min)

  • Developers, implementers, service organizations

OpenMRS Trainings (15 min)

  • Will we charge fees for trainings and/or sending someone to a conference?

USAID (15 min)

  • Agency for International Development: Information and Communication Technology Training for Developing Country
    Professionals (ICT- T4D) Project

OpenMRS Board of Directors (15 min)

  • Discussion around Paul and Hamish's strawman

Meeting Minutes

Certification Process

  • Requests have been made by individuals and nonprofit, OpenMRS-implementing organizations to find a way to validate their ability to be effective in
  • Two dimensions to consider:
    • Individuals and/or organizations can show clients they are certified in the utilization and implementation of OpenMRS software
    • When training or consultant opportunities are presented to OpenMRS, we can direct requests to certified organizations in that same geographical location
  • Thoughts...
    • Certifications are a great idea
      • One consideration is to make the certification based on practical matters, not merely a written test
        • A test does not speak to people who are great implementers
      • Certifications and trainings for certifications should be done in person as much as possible
      • Different levels of certifications
        • i.e. groups who support OpenMRS system to implement it vs. an OpenMRS basic knowledge test
    • Have proficiencies for organizations so everyone with the certification or those reviewing the certification understand the elements behind it
    • Think about a good place to start this process beyond this discussion
    • Consider having certified trainers as well
    • Make sure the certifications clearly outline:
      • the requirements for the certification
      • what the certificate means (listing competencies)
    • Dawn will research how other open source organizations have developed certifications

OpenMRS Trainings

  • What amount of financial coverage (i.e. pay for providing training, travel expenses, accommodations, etc.) should be provided to send individuals to trainings, conferences, etc?
    • Suggestions:
      • Take an average cost of the one-week work period and compile it into a daily fee that corresponds to the days of the conference.
        • This could be dependent on the type of training: who is giving the training and what the training consists of
    • Dawn will check open source projects who do this and compile it for a reference


  • Discussed RFA that is out now
    • Thoughts about funding and OpenMRS
      • Changes in what government agencies are looking to pay for
      • Think about how we take on larger, collaborative projects and the funding opportunities

OpenMRS Board of Directors

  • Finalized letter to send out to nominees from the Implementers Nomination
    • Dawn will send the letters and start getting an announcement together for the voting process