The Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) data management platform was developed
in 2004 to address an institutional need at Vanderbilt University, then shared with
a limited number of adopting sites beginning in 2006. Given bi-directional benefit
in early sharing experiments, we created a broader consortium sharing and support
model for any academic, non-profit, or government partner wishing to adopt the software.
Our sharing framework and consortium-based support model have evolved over time along
with the size of the consortium (currently more than 3200 REDCap partners across 128
countries). While the "REDCap Consortium" model represents only one example of how
to build and disseminate a software platform, lessons learned from our approach may
assist other research institutions seeking to build and disseminate innovative technologies.