The time has come.
We started working on InformaticsPro about 10 years ago. Since then, a lot has changed. A lot of it in the informatics world…but most of it in our personal lives.
10 years ago I was starting work on the first edition and finishing up my master’s. Now, I’m working as a software engineer at a wine startup and Rocky is working full time at Mitre. To be honest, we just haven’t had the time and energy to give the content on this site the love it deserves.
But if we don’t have time for it, what should we do? Let it sit and get dated?
Yes — that’s one option, but it does go against our original plan for this site.
There’s another option though.
Instead of letting this fizzle out, we’ve decided to open-source our content and give you all the chance to not only access all of it but to contribute and edit as well.
What do we mean by “open-sourcing it”?
Mainly, all of our content will eventually live inside GitHub repos. Like this one (if you’re clicking on this at the time of writing, it’s likely there’s nothing in there of substance yet).
By moving towards a more open-sourced model, not only will you have the opportunity to contribute towards informatics as a profession, but you’ll also get some very basic understanding of git and version control along with it! 🙂
For those of you who have purchased our courses and materials throughout the years, thank you so much. We are so very grateful for you. It’s been a pleasure, truly.
We still plan on keeping this site alive and operable in the near future.
For those of you who are still studying, don’t worry, your access to all your materials will still be there. Unlike the open-source content, you’ll actually be able to sit down and take the tests in a test-like simulation or read your content in physical or digital format. Plus, it will be a while until all the content is actually up, formatted, readable, editable, etc.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a product now, you’re still welcome to do so. Like I mentioned, the site will be up for a bit. However – know that if you wait a few months, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to access the raw material for free.
We still need to decide how we’ll handle a physical book in the future assuming updates take place relatively frequently (and if that’s even an option considering how much the darn things cost to print).
Our goal has always been to get more individuals certified as clinical informaticians, and we’re ready to take the next step towards that goal by making everything clinical informatics related more accessible.
On to the next chapter!
Corinn & Rocky