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Getting started as a developer contributor to OpenMRS is sometimes dependent on the project (e.g. especially in the Microfrontends project), but our general guidance for new developers is available here: Developer Guide
In a nutshell: OpenMRS is a toolbox of pieces of software to assemble EMR distributions. Everyone shares a common platform (which we call Core) which uses OpenMRS' unique data model, and then they build upon that core with additional modules from a communal toolbox. These modules unlock additional functionality (like the modules available in our Add-Ons directory). Some distributions build their own completely unique frontend, while some use the recommended frontend package provided by our Reference Application module bundle ("RefApp"). Some build their own custom add-on modules, and some build modules that can be shared and re-used by others in the community by posting them to Add-Ons. Still others work with other opensource community members, like volunteers and other organizations, to create modules that solve shared problems - which drives the active projects list below.
There are many ways for you to contribute to OpenMRS and help us achieve our vision of improving patient care. Each active OpenMRS-related project that is being worked upon has its own project page. Some projects are in the initial stages while others have been completed to a major extent.
The OpenMRS community has opportunities for individuals to contribute to projects independently - or as part of a "squad" working on a specific project. Whatever your interest or skills, you can join any squad - or simply help out where you see a need. Browse through each project's page to get more information about each project. If you want to know more about a project or if you want to contribute towards any aspect of it, you can write to the project's contact or search for current discussions or start a new topic on our community forum, which we call Talk.
Open Opportunities with Project Squads
Below is a list of current squads who are actively looking for contributors with a variety of skills to fill different roles.
|Squad||Project(s) (with Jira links)||Looking for||Contact|
|Microfrontends & 3.0 Frontend Redesign Squad|
Microfrontends Architecture - Extensible, configurable and independently deployable frontend features. Get your frontend live and updated fast. Frontend architecture designed for extensible and configurable apps and widgets.
Next Generation Frontend for OpenMRS ("OpenMRS 3.0") - re-doing the frontend with Carbon Design System and new workflows and functionality (e.g. labs, orders)
|Analytics Engine (including ETL and reporting improvement)|
Analytics Engine MVP - Tools for transforming OpenMRS data into a FHIR based warehouse
|OCL for OpenMRS|
OCL for OpenMRS - A front-end for organizations to manage, edit, and share medical terminologies.
FHIR Module - Exchanging healthcare data in a widely-used, standards-based format, easing integration with external systems and products.
COVID-19 DHIS2 Integration improvement
|Platform & RefApp Maintenance|
Update core platform (the universally shared backend of OpenMRS) and the Reference Application (recommended bundle that creates a frontend) with necessary tech stack updates, bug fixes, and urgent feature requests.
Platform 2.5 Release: Stack Upgrade (learn more)
CLIFF GITA (Platform)
Sharif Magembe (RefApp)