The Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools (ORBIT) Project is the result of a collaboration of more than 30 researchers, developers, informaticians, etc. across more than a dozen academic and federal research organizations. It was created to provide researchers and developers with a single, simple way to register and find open source software resources. ORBIT was created by and for biomedical informatics researchers, leading to features we hope will be useful for others in the community.


Current functionality includes:

  • Faceted classification or free text searches for contributed resources
  • Facets designed by / for the open source software developer such as license type, available documentation types, etc.
  • Tracking projects of interest through email notification

Make ORBIT Better

We strongly encourage all those interested in making ORBIT better to send us a note.


The new ORBIT website, launched November 17th, 2014, was developed at NLM and is hosted by NLM. 

Original website: Lead designer of ORBIT is Leonard D'Avolio, PhD (VA Boston Healthcare System & Harvard). Many kudos and thanks to lead developer Robert Hass (U. Penn CS student & summer intern at VA Boston) and supporting developers Thien Nguyen and Sergey Goryachev (VA Boston). Significant contributions were made by Dina Demner Fushman (NLM), Wendy Chapman (U. Pitt), Lalitha Viswanath (VA Boston), Elizabeth Chen (U. Vermont), Cheryl Clark (MITRE Corp), and Robert Futrelle (Northeastern)