This is my personal (!) Web site and Blog. Comments and content are moderated and may be modified or removed without notice.
Beside writing this blog and exploring the (medical) Open Source world my interests are mainly in music, photography and diving.
On a professional level I studied computer science at the Technische Universität München and the Tampere University of Technology. I graduated in computer science and clinical information management at the University of Leipzig. I wrote my diploma thesis about integrating a medical documentation and image archiving system within hospital information systems with the utilization of a Web-based user interface (available as PDF).
After my studies I used to work at GE Healthcare for 3 years as system integrator and project manager and for 1.5 year as application development manager.
In favor of an academic working environment I then changed to the Center for Information Technology and Medical Engineering of the University Hospital Heidelberg where I worked for 2 years as researcher in areas of inter-institutional personal and electronic health records, standardization and Open Source.
Meanwhile I am working as researcher at the Laboratory for Medical Information Systems (Medis) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health in the same field of expertise.
(currently residing in Munich, Bavaria)
“Free software is software that gives you the user the freedom to share, study and modify it. We call this free software because the user is free.
To use free software is to make a political and ethical choice asserting the right to learn, and share what we learn with others. Free software has become the foundation of a learning society where we share our knowledge in a way that others can build upon and enjoy.
Currently, many people use proprietary software that denies users these freedoms and benefits. If we make a copy and give it to a friend, if we try to figure out how the program works, if we put a copy on more than one of our own computers in our own home, we could be caught and fined or put in jail. That’s what’s in the fine print of the license agreement you accept when using proprietary software.
The corporations behind proprietary software will often spy on your activities and restrict you from sharing with others. And because our computers control much of our personal information and daily activities, proprietary software represents an unacceptable danger to a free society.” [taken from fsf.org]
For more info please refer to the Free Software Foundation. The philosophy behind free software as seen by the GNU Project can be found here: www.gnu.org/philosophy. The definition of Open Source Software by the Open Source Initiative can be found here: www.opensource.org/docs/osd.
Actually “apfelkraut” was the first alias I used on the Internet. It was during those times when I connected with my analog modem via a self-soldered 20 meter cable, laid through nearly the entire house of my parents to the telephone socket. When I opened my first email account, I was quite suspicious of what might happen if I use my real name in this yet unknown world. So due to a lack of creativity I just chose “apfelkraut” as on my desk all my pencils were stored in an empty box of Apfelkraut. Somehow this word sounded cool to me and I was also sure that nobody else would already have opened an account with that username. Meanwhile I became fond of this alias and as my thought about the unpopularity of this term happily also applies to domaine names, this one became apfelkraut.
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[original version taken from disclaimer.de, visited 02.11.2007]
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