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What is OBiBa?

OBiBa software consists of a suite of stand-alone applications that support various study's data management activities. These modular applications can be integrated to create a comprehensive information management and analysis system for individual studies.

As part of the Maelstrom Research program, OBiBa suite includes advanced software components enabling data harmonization and federation for study networks that aim to harmonize and share securely data among their members.

OBiBa software applications are highly customizable and easy to use. The software suite is built upon the latest programming technologies and complies with the highest standards in terms of privacy and data security.


OBiBa was launched in 2007 as a core project of the Population Project in Genomics (P3G) . The project grew rapidly and obtained substantial financial support from its main partners to build a new generation of open source software for data collection and management.

In 2012, OBiBa and the DataSHaPER project, also from P3G, joined their efforts to create the Maelstrom Research program whose mission is to develop tools and methods for epidemiological data harmonisation.

Maelstrom Research offices are located at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec.


If you are using OBiBa software, please cite our work in your code, websites, publications or reports and let us know at info@obiba.org

The work presented herein was made possible using the OBiBa suite (www.obiba.org), a software suite developed by Maelstrom Research (www.maelstrom-research.org)


Obiba software source code is freely available to the community under the GPL3 license.


You are an happy OBiBa user willing to contribute? Several options are proposed:

  • Source code contribution. OBiBa is open source software then any contribution is welcomed: visit the OBiBa GitHub repository, fork, modify and make pull requests, we will be happy to review them! Before diving into major works, contact us to share your ideas so that we can guide you in a successful development.
  • Sponsor contribution. You can donate some financial resources so that we can maintain our test/demo server.