Protecode Announces Joint Open Source Software Competition with NHS

Competition to Identify Quality Software Projects within the Code4Health Custodian Model

OTTAWA, CANADA - August 3, 2015 - Protecode, an innovative provider of open source license management systems, today announced a collaboration with the British National Health Service (NHS) and Source Code Control Limited to launch the Code4Health competition, aimed at identifying quality software projects within the NHS's Code4Health Custodian model.


The competition on managing compliance and vulnerabilities in open source software (OSS) is intended to highlight governance and security weaknesses that should be avoided by Code4Health collaborators as they develop and contribute their software to the community. For each submitted project, a report on the quality of coding practices that simplify the adoption and clearing of the software by Code4Health will be created and a score assigned. Judging will be based on attributes including copyright, security, structure, and compliance.

"Code4Health is a programme managed by NHS to stimulate and encourage the development of new clinically led open technology solutions to deliver safe, high quality, efficient, and compassionate care," said Peter Coates, programme head of NHS Code4Health. "We have a Custodian model to assure open source applications for this initiative, part of which is governance of the application code to minimise risks, such as security and licensing obligations. To promote the quality of open source applications being created as part of Code4Health and raise awareness of the governance in place, we are launching a challenge in partnership with Code4Health supporter Source Code Control Limited and Protecode to recognise the excellent coding practices of Code4Health supporters."

"We are excited to be a part of the Code4Health initiative and hope to raise awareness through this competition around those software attributes that are the cornerstones of the Code4Health Custodian model," said Mahshad Koohgoli, CEO of Protecode.

All participants will receive an individualized report and score, with the winner announced in early autumn of 2015. The competition is open to any participant that is developing open source solutions for the healthcare community. For more information or to submit your code, visit: www.protecode.com/code4health-competition/.

About Protecode
Protecode provides products and services for managing open source software attributes including open source software licenses and security vulnerabilities. Protecode solutions enable accurate and fast code scanning in real-time and on-demand, delivering policy-based reports on obligations and security vulnerabilities in code portfolios. Built for ease-of-use, integration and minimal intrusion into existing development processes, Protecode products have been deployed in hundreds of organizations worldwide, from just a few developers to multinational organizations with more than 100,000 employees. Protecode is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with reseller partners worldwide.

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