Magic Network was incorporated in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1996 by a group of programmers and system engineers committed to supporting software developments spinning off the University of Geneva with a view to supporting humanitarian and development activities worldwide.
Most projects developed by Magic Network are primarily implemented in collaboration with universities, health centers, not-for-profit organizations as well as with private corporations (Alcatel, Amdahl, GE Healthcare and IBM to cite a few) in the context of educational, telemedicine and humanitarian projects.
A number of corporations currently implement services or products relying on applications developed by Magic Network. On a case-by-case basis, Magic network provides software-consulting services and offers commercial software licenses.
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Mainframe Emulator - TN 3270 (“HOTSIBIL”)
Magic Network first software engineering project resulted in the creation of the TN3270 Java Emulator & Libraries package for IBM mainframes.
The mainframe emulator and the libraries developed by Magic Network were used to make the largest bibliographic database in Switzerland (SIBIL) available on the Internet via a mouse navigation and intuitive graphical interface (including features such as memorization of previous searches and explored paths) thereby brining twenty years old legacy text-based mainframe applications directly into Netscape Web browsers. This was a world premiere.
This first application of the TN3270 packages (codenamed was awarded by the SUN Microsystems 1995 JAVA Contest. Thousands of mainframe legacy systems (in banks, airlines, etc.) continue remain accessible to Internet users through this technology.
The TN3270 Libraries were subsequently licensed both to universities and corporations across the world under both open-source BSD and commercial licenses.
How To Use
1. Choose a search type:
2. Enter the keyword:
3. Click the arrow at the left of an entry to select it:
4. Click on arrows in the upper window to roll up to any level:
5. Clicking on top-level buttons (Search by Authors, for instance) gives you access to your previous searches:
6. Paths already explored are shown in orange:
7. Easy enough?
HealthDev: civil society platform for access to HIV/AIDS medicines
At the occasion of the 1998 Geneva World AIDS Conference Magic Network developed a unique pioneering electronic platform (“HealthDev”) featuring 17 global civil society forums (see description) involving over 16’000 individuals, a majority of which in developing countries.
The platform developed by Magic Network was hosted by a Geneva-based non-profit organization (‘Fondation du Present’) which organized numerous workshops around the world to explain how Internet-based technologies could empower civil society - even in remote communities - and enable them to influence international public policy agendas of importance to persons living in resource limited countries to improve access to modern life-saving medicines.
The HealthDev electronic platform was instrumental in creating international public awareness and support for the adoption of the Doha Declaration on access to HIV/AIDS medicines in the WTO context.
HealthDev was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for its originality and for the breadth of stakeholder involvement it enabled.
Dudal: distance education for physicians of the ‘RAFT network’
Over the last decade, the Geneva University Hospitals developed a telemedicine network with a number of hospitals and health centers in Africa (the RAFT or “Réseau en Afrique Francophone pour la Télémédecine”), first in Mali, then in Mauritania, Morocco, Cameroon, and, since2004, in Burkina-Faso, Senegal, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Niger, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, Algeria, Chad, and Benin. The core activity of RAFT is the webcasting of interactive courses targeted at physicians and other healthcare professionals. The topics and courses are proposed by the network partners and associated hospitals.
Using bespoke Dudal software, RAFT courses are webcasted every week via the Dudal platform and followed by hundreds of professionals who interact directly with the teacher and renown international health specialists. The platform and the underlying applications are freely available and specifically designed to operate over slow broadband connection, starting at 30 kbits/second or the speed of analog modems, in order to enable participation from remote, low-tech hospitals or even cybercafés in rural region of Africa.
The Dudal software is a web browser Java-based application (to avoid any licensing cost) using the Java Web Start technology. GE healthcare has actively participated in this project, including for the development of applications compatible with their portable Pocket-sized ultrasound scanners.
Dudal screen shot
Bogou: collaborative computer-aided diagnostic tools
Bogou is collaborative computer-aided diagnostic tool, in particular for the interpretation of medical images which remain almost exclusively the work of humans, designed to support information exchanges and to assist in diagnostics among communities of healthcare professionals aiming to solve complicated case.
This tool is developed by Magic Network and deployed by the University Hospital of Geneva to support health professionals located in remote areas with underequipped hospitals but where the need for care is high.
Bogou is currently used in various specialties such as medical imaging, the diabetics, neurology, pathology, mother and child health, surgery, internal medicine and dermatology. Bogou incorporate encryption tools supporting secure information exchanges and local data encryption.
Bogou Screen Shots: Mirwais Hospital (Afghanistan)
Joint project with the International Committee of the Red Cross