Opening Move with Scott Mace
Scott is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media, read by 40,000 healthcare executives throughout
the United States. Previously, he wrote and organized Internet-related conferences for Penton Media. Before a stint at Byte Magazine, he was a senior
editor at InfoWorld, ran the networking test center team, served as Washington D.C. bureau chief, covered database management and education beats, and
wrote the first weekly column on computer games. He also wrote features for NurseWeek, as well as columns for Boardwatch, Personal Computing, and
inCider. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he also writes the Scott Mace on Healthcare and Calendar Swamp weblogs and serves on the board of directors of CalConnect,
the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium.
Drug safety data as reported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Web site is plagued by misspellings and an ill-formatted data structure. Brian Overstreet of Adverse Events explains how the company's new filtering technology refines and demystifies access to this FDA data.
The FCC is scheduled to deliver a national broadband strategy to Congress in February 2010. Scott Mace and attorney Jim Baller discuss the FCC strategy, early-round stimulus funding, the role of municipalities, and success stories such as Bristol, Virginia's fiber-to-the-home service.
There's a revolution in the way doctors and medical researchers share information outside of annual conferences. At Health 2.0, Scott speaks with Lance Hill, whose company, Within3, announced the first year-round forum for a medical society, the 11,000-member American College of Gastroenterology.
Compounding the health care crisis is a huge wave of aging populations. Health care needs tech-based solutions based in communities and homes, focused on empowering patients to manage their own health and change their behavior as necessary. Eric Dishman of Intel describes the new technology and platforms being built to improve this health care. Dishman also discusses longer-term efforts including regulatory approvals and reimbursement reform.
Allvoices bills itself as "the first open media site where anyone can report from anywhere," but two things that really set it apart are its geolocated citizen media posts from any device, and the zeal of its founder, Silicon Valley veteran Amra Tareen. Learn how her journey from computer scientist to venture capitalist to stereotyped Muslim woman to startup CEO shaped Allvoices.
People learning to read will soon be able to use a handheld device to practice their reading skills when trained teachers and the Internet are not available. Using inexpensive hardware, Literacy Bridge plans to provide Talking Book audio players/recorders in developing nations starting this fall, with a goal of selling them for $10 per device or less. Listen to Cliff Schmidt describe the Talking Book and the benefits it will bring to people in far-flung locations.
More than 1000 used computers will gain new life at Installfest at LinuxWorld, where volunteers will install new Linux and open source software over four days. The refurbished computers are donated to needy schools. Andrew Fife explains how it works, and how you can help this effort.
Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone established the LiMo Foundation to develop the Foundation Platform, a Linux-based, software platform for open mobile communication devices. In this podcast, LiMo Foundation's Morgan Gillis describes the work the foundation is doing, what sort of mobile devices will result, and what makes this effort different from previous mobile Linux initiatives.
In this conversation with Scott Mace, Centric CRM's Michael Harvey contrasts Centric CRM from rival SugarCRM, which he says doesn't scale as well because it's written in PHP. Harvey then defends Centric CRM's take on open source: developers who want to build a commercial business on top of Centric CRM must sign a reseller agreement. Harvey also describes "open software-as-a-service" which lets Centric CRM customers easily move their apps from hosted facilities to their own data centers.
Optaros started an internal list of open source projects that become the Enterprise Open Source Directory, a growing online community still under the editorial guidance of Optaros. The EOSD includes case studies, grouping of software by categories, and Optaros' trend rating showing which open source projects are stable, up-and-comers or fading glories. Gynn explains why the directory includes open source software whose license does not match the Open Software Initiative's definition of open source, as well as commercial versions of open source software.