8th Annual Summer Programme of Mini-courses in Advanced Topics from 4 Jan – 26 Feb, 2010, Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil

The National Laboratory for Scientific Computing of Brasil (LNCC) will host it's 8th annual Summer programme of mini-courses in advanced topics from 4 Jan – 26 Feb, 2010. The activities are developed by researchers from LNCC and guests from other institutions. The objectives of the program are the generation of scientific exchange and dissemination of the knowledge base and borders. The target audience consists of students at the end of undergraduate, graduate students, teachers, researchers, and professionals from companies and industries.

Among the 13 courses (listed below) is a 5 day course on openEHR. Since our first openEHR workshop in Brazil in 2007 we have seen a steady increase in interest at a national level in this open source friendly country.  In fact one of the pillars of the Ministry of Health is to utilize open standards and open source whenever available and whenever possible.

MC03.OpenEHR: An Open Standard for Information Management in the Area Health

Professors: Luciana Tricai Cavalini (UFF), Timothy Wayne Cook (UFF), Sergio Miranda Freire (UERJ) Working Hours: 14:30 hours

Period: 2010-1-18 to 2010-1-22

Schedule: monday – tuesday – wednesday – thursday – friday from 9:00 pm to 12:00 pm

Location: Lab 5

Purpose: The basis of the openEHR specifications,as implemented in the project Open Source Health Information Platform, and the corresponding methodology for developing information systems in health.


1. Fundamentals of information technology in health 1.1. Overview. 

1.2. The specifics of health information. 

1.3. Challenges present in developed countries and that developing countries should not follow these examples. 

2. Free software in health

2.1. Free software and e-government. 

2.2. The relevance of free software for health system. 

2.3. Requirements for sustainability of free software projects health

3. openEHR 

3.1. The model in 2 levels. 

3.2. The openEHR specifications. 

4. Open Source Health Informatics Platform (OSHIP) http://launchpad.net/oship 

4.1. Overview of Python, Zope, Grok, CLIPS and PyCLIPS. 

4.2. The implementation of openEHR specifications in the project OSHIP

5. Concrete cases of implementation 

5.1. The project Epidemiologic Surveillance Support System (EpiS3) 5.2. Integration clinical and radiological data. 

5.3. How to implement your project in OSHIP. 


1. The openEHR Primer (Last access: Jan 7, 2008) http://www.openehr.org/shared-resources/openehr_primer.html

2. Garde S, Hovenga E, Buck J, Knaup P. Expressing clinical data sets with openEHR archetypes: a solid basis for ubiquitous computing. Int J Med Inf 2007, 76 (S3): S334-S341. 

3. Hanna KE, Anderson SM, Maddox SD. Fall 2005 White Paper: Think research – Using electronic medical records to bridge patient care and research. Washington DC: FasterCures (Last access: Jan 7, 2008) http://www.fastercures.org/pdf/emr_whitepaper.pdf

Other course topics include:

Complex Networks

Introduction to Computational Geomechanics to Reservoir Oil

Introduction to Quantum Computation

Coding Audio – Principles and Standards

Introduction to the Classical Theory of Computational Complexity 

Knowledge Representation

Social Networks

Modeling Computational Diffusion of Knowledge

Biology, Information and Knowledge

Dynamics of food webs

Mathematics and Computational Neuroscience Modeling

Shell Script Programming

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Timothy Cook, MSc
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