Thanks to those who were able to join in person for our governance committee meeting today. For those who are interested in a recap, we mainly focused today’s discussion around our journey to sustainability, and specifically our exploration of new potential partners. Here are a few key takeaway messages:
The OpenLMIS community will be releasing a public Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for potential handover partner organizations to maintain the software. We will use partner networks and social media to disseminate the Call for EOI and are open for suggestions on how to better reach private sector companies (pharma industry for example). Feel free to review the draft Call for EOI and leave your feedback here!
In order to get in front of any mis-information that might be circulating about OpenLMIS and our current status, we will be utilizing a number of external communication channels to share our rationale for taking this path, and highlight this as an exiting opportunity rather than an admission of defeat for the initiative.
CHAI will be leading an exiting new workstream (supported by the steward team and the governance committee) to investigate that ‘Value of OpenLMIS data’. Their working hypothesis is that commercial entities would be willing to pay for OpenLMIS data; and countries would be willing to share it with the right types of data-sharing agreements. This begs the question of whether the data that is generated by OpenLMIS is worth enough to sustain the core. This workstream is awaiting final funding from BMGF and is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks
The full set of notes from today’s meeting can be found here: https://openlmis.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/OP/pages/744718353/March+10+2020
I’d also like to note that attendance at today’s meeting was somewhat disappointing, so we will be more proactively documenting partner attendance for accountability.
Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of the week!