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As the OpenMRS community grows, it is important to offer opportunities for contributors & customers to connect with people in their part of the worldarea. We also need a more coordinated effort to build local representation and expertise. One approach for achieving these goals is to develop local communities. The purpose of this document is to introduce the OpenMRS local community building effort and describe its merits.

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  • A group of geographically co-located individuals want to support the implementation of OpenMRS in their region. These individuals could be implementers, developers or clinicians. The type of individuals involved would determine the type of local community created.

  • A group of individuals (geographically co-located or not) want to support a specific set of feature or content development tasks. These individuals could be implementers, developers or clinicians. The type of individuals involved would determine the type of local community created. This type of community is similar to a special interest group (SIG).

  • Geographically co-located groups that are interested in non implementation specific tasks such as using, building and growing OpenMRS want to meet regularly to discuss concerns.

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Establishing a Local Community

Local groups that already exist will be encouraged to apply for formal recognition. Following an evaluation process by the community management team, they will be approved and recognized as an official local community.

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