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Table 1 Comparison of features of Enterprise ESSENCE, OpenESSENCE (OE), and ESSENCE Desktop Edition (EDE)

From: Developing open source, self-contained disease surveillance software applications for use in resource-limited settings

Feature Enterprise ESSENCE EDE OE
Uses proprietary 3rd party software X   
Deployable using only open source software   X X
Supports multiple types of data X X X
Supports a variety of data sources X X X
Plug-in API* for detection algorithms X X X
Security and encryption built into the core system X   X
Customizable, dynamic, flexible design (property file driven) X X X
Designed for internet access X   X
Supports language internationalization    X
Supports font internationalization    X
Configurable security/access authentication X   X
  1. *API - Application Programming Interface.