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This policy is new and we welcome feedback on the requirements.

OpenHIE is an open, global community of people building an open framework to support nations as they develop health information exchanges (HIE) to improve patient care, public health, and resource management. We value sharing knowledge and building relationships to make HIE available to all. To facilitate global collaboration, we welcome contributions to translate the OpenHIE specification, documents, or web pages (i.e., impact stories, blog posts) in as many languages as possible. As a non-profit, we rely on the support of members and other parties to provide or fund unofficial translations that help countries adopt and implement the OpenHIE framework. 


We invite you to volunteer or fund the translation of OpenHIE specifications, documents, or web pages into another language. You may work alone or together with others in the community. To begin:

  • Select the resource you would like to translate. If you are uncertain the selected resource has already been translated into the desired language or the document is currently being translated, please consult theTranslation Artifacts & Assets list.
  • Contact us at, so we can coordinate, promote and provide support for your efforts.
  • Log on to the to discuss questions you have during the translation process or enlist the support of other volunteers in translating large specifications.

If you have translated an OpenHIE document into another language, please contact us at, so we may direct others to your work and promote your contribution by posting it on our site or providing a link to yours.


Translators of OpenHIE resources must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Share with OpenHIE your intent to translate a document by emailing and signing up to watch the translation category on Your notification should:
    1. be in English for OpenHIE tracking purposes;
    2. include a proposed URL for the location of your translation and for any other project URLs related to the translated work;
    3. provide a permanent contact address including email and phone; and
    4. indicate that you have read the OpenHIE Translation Policy and that you agree to its terms.
  2. Translate the document. At the beginning of your translation, include the following disclaimer notice in both English and the language of your translation:

    “This translated document is provided by <YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION> as an informational service to the global community. This is an unofficial, non-normative translation of the official document, <DOC NAME>, located at <OpenHIE URL>, OpenHIE only accepts voluntary contributions of content and documentation that are expressly licensed to OpenHIE under an approved creative commons license. This translation is published with acknowledgment of and in agreement with terms specified in the OpenHIE Translation Policy. Neither OpenHIE nor <YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION> assume responsibility for any errors contained herein.”

  3. Ensure that your document is a faithful translation of the OpenHIE document and that normative changes are not made to any part of the document including the status, contributors, or appendices.
  4. Notify both and create a post to when you have completed and published the translation, so we may direct others to and promote your work. Your notification should contain the URL where your translation is published and the following statement:

    "<YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION> has translated <OpenHIE DOCUMENT> into <LANGUAGE> as a service to the community. This translation is publicly accessible at <URL>. <YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION> has read the OpenHIE Translation Policy and agreed to its terms. We also agree to the redistribution terms of the OpenHIE creative commons licensing. We acknowledge that OpenHIE or other entities may republish this translation if it is done in compliance with the license terms. OpenHIE may rescind our right to publish or distribute the derivative work if OpenHIE finds that it leads to confusion regarding the original document’s status or integrity. <YOUR NAME/ORGANIZATION> acknowledges that OpenHIE owns the copyright of any translations of OpenHIE copyrighted documents.”

  5. Share constructive feedback on the source document. Your insights on clarity and consistency are valuable to OpenHIE. Email any observations you have to, responsible for the document you have translated. 
  6. Send the translation to (ie, link location, attachment). This will serve as a backup copy in case the material on the external (non-OpenHIE) server becomes inaccessible.
  7. Notify OpenHIE if at any time you undertake a significant update to your translation or if the URL changes.

Attribution – derived from OASIS Translation Policy

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