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Building Sustainable Capacity for Health Research in Africa through Cloud Computing Applications
Year:2012
Research Areas
  • Information technology and adata processing
Information
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.
International
Si
Congress
IST-Africa 2012 Conference
960
Place
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-1-905824-34-2
Start Date
09/05/2012
End Date
11/05/2012
From page
1
To page
8
IST-Africa 2012 conference proceedings
Participants
  • Autor: Victor Manuel Maojo Garcia (UPM)
  • Autor: David Perez Del Rey (UPM)
  • Autor: Diana De la Iglesia Jimenez (UPM)
  • Autor: Guillermo De la Calle Velasco (UPM)
  • Autor: Ana Jiménez Castellanos (UPM)
  • Autor: R. Hussein
  • Autor: A. Khalifa
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Informática Biomédica (GIB)
  • Departamento: Inteligencia Artificial
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