Globalization is contributing to the blurring of borders making irrelevant the distinctions between domestic and international health problems. Cross-border and global health spatial information systems (CBHSIS) are required to address the new global health challenges. There is a need to build and document alternatives for addressing the technological, economic, and sociocultural-political challenges encountered in the creation and deployment of these systems. This paper documents the building of a prototype Web-based multimedia GIS system for use in a public health context using Open Source Software and Open Specifications and its deployment across the US-Mexico border. These technologies offer advantages in addressing several of the challenges previously mentioned. We highlight the technological and sociocultural-political issues important in successful collaboration across borders and cultures and in the creation of interoperable CBHSIS.
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Open Source Software;
cross-border health spatial information systems
Document Type: Research Article
University of Colorado at Denver, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Denver, CO 80217
CloudShadow Consulting, Boulder, CO 80306
Departamento de Tecnología Informática, Secretaría de Salud Pública del Gobierno del Estado de Sonora, Mexico
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CU Trauma Studies and Resource Center, Network Information and Space Security Center, Colorado Springs, CO 80933
Publication date: 2007-01-01
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