The CAISI Project: Can software developers end chronic homelessness?

Monday, June 05 2006 @ 09:04 pm CST

Contributed by: CAISI

The CAISI Project was founded in response to the critical community issue of chronic homelessness, and to create new ways to combat the problems with current solutions. Working with homeless clients, agencies, shelters, hospitals and other advocates, the CAISI open source system is used to integrate and enhance care, and prevent people who are homeless from slipping through cracks in the system caused by incompatible databases.

Building on the Ministry of Health approved OSCAR platform ensures security and privacy, while further enabling clients to control access to their records by other agencies. With current funding we provide the software for free or at cost to our partners in Southern Ontario, and eventually hope to see independent versions of CAISI in use across Canada and around the World.

For those interested in open source development, the biggest challenge will be the integrator that connects various groups. Previous failed attempts were turnkey solutions that tried to force unwilling parties to accomodate, and ignored many factors involved. That's why CAISI has a release early and often approach, and the steady stream of feedback from clients and the community helps create regular point-releases. Various independent modules are always in need of work, and new ideas are welcome.

Please see our "How Can I Get Involved?" page at:

http://www.caisi.ca/wiki/index.php/CAISI_Team_and_Project_Management#How_can_I_get_involved.3F

While everyone is invited to contribute, web-designers and developers who know Java (J2EE), Spring, Hibernate, Struts, Ant, Eclipse and MySQL are the most needed at the moment. If you have any suggestions or want to use the software please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you.

- The CAISI Project Team, info@caisi.ca

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