Community, Charity and beating blood cancer

Most of you know the great story last christmas where @WebDetails created a dashboard for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity (LLR).  You can read the details here:

What perhaps is less well known is that dashboard was then put forward for an insight award and won!

Why is this interesting? Well this is just one of the best stories of community and tech coming together I’ve ever heard.  And it doesn’t stop there.  I was fortunate to meet Owen the analyst at LLR at one of our Pentaho London usergroup meetups – And I offered to help him out with their Pentaho implementation. A few sessions later and both sides are happy – I’ve donated time to a charity which has proven to be far more effective than donating cash and Owen now has several cubes up and running with Saiku analytics on the front end.

Additionally @Pentaho have offered a free enterprise license to the charity to sweeten things further.

Whats next? Well more of the above. We’ll continue working together on the system – And hopefully start releasing it into the wild.  Afterall they use CiviCRM which is used by many charities so we could easily build an out of the box analytics system.

Keep it up Owen!  Lets beat blood cancer!

See you all at PLUG in July and #PCM14 in Antwerp November.



One thought on “Community, Charity and beating blood cancer

  1. Thank you Dan,
    You post mean a lot. We are beating blood cancer, expert volunteers like yourself and Webdetails are part of the team doing that. Experts donating their time to a charity who has a need for their skills can have a far greater impact than a cash donation.
    Through your work, for the first time this week, the Patient Services Team have a really clear picture of who is ordering the cancer information booklets we produce and deliver for free. We can track which hospitals are stocking the booklets and deliver actionable insight that will affect the lives of patients today. We’ve jumped from Excel to Saiku – quite a leap 🙂
    It’s a testament to the power of open source communities and the impact they can have for charities.
    There are over 28,000 people living with blood cancer in the UK alone and due to the biology of blood cancers, breakthroughs in blood cancer research helps with other cancers. Delivering the work you’ve done for us with the Pentaho stack to even a fraction of the ~8000 non profit organisations using CiviCRM has such a massive potential for impact.
    This week is National Volunteer Week in the UK, if anyone reading thinks they could volunteer for us or any another charity and wants to get some more information about how, feel free to drop me an email :
    Keep it up Pentaho community, lets beat blood cancer!
    Owen Bowden
    Insight & Analysis Manager (and terrible coder)
    Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

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