Using RSS feeds to track open source radiology informatics projects

Paul Nagy, Mark Daly, Michael Warnock, Khan Siddiqui, Eliot Siegel

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There are over 40 open source projects in the field of radiology informatics. Because these are organized and written by volunteers, the development speed varies greatly from one project to the next. To keep track of updates, users must constantly check in on each project's Web page. Many projects remain dormant for years, and ad hoc checking becomes both an inefficient and unreliable means of determining when new versions are available. The result is that most end users track only a few projects and are unaware when others that may be more germane to their interests leapfrog in development. RSS feeds provide a machine readable XML format to track software project updates. Currently only 8 of the 40 projects provide RSS feeds for automatic propagation of news updates. We have a built a news aggregation engine around open source projects in radiology informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5748-36
Pages (from-to)282-285
Number of pages4
JournalProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2005 - PACS and Imaging Informatics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2005Feb 17 2005


  • Open source
  • Radiology informatics
  • Rich site summary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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