A new year means new beginnings.

Maybe you’re looking for new open source tools that your business can use to take it to the next level. Or maybe you’ve made use of countless solutions over the years and feel as though it’s time to give back.

Whatever the case may be, there’s no shortage of exciting open source projects you could get involved with—or at least follow regularly. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three of them that you should keep your eye on in 2015:

  • OpenMRS. Healthcare facilities are required to migrate their record-keeping systems to the digital world. In doing so, they’re able to improve the quality of care they deliver, as information is easier to locate, enhance and save. Originally formed in Kenya, OpenMRS is now a globalized open source community that builds an open source platform to store, save and send electronic medical records.
  • BRL-CAD. These days, 3D designing and 3D printing are all the rage. We still have a long ways to go before seeing the full extent of how this kind of technology will change our lives. Maybe one day, instead of heading to the store to pick up some clothes hangers, we will be able to print 10 of them out at home. If this space piques your interest, consider joining BRL-CAD. The open source solid modeling system allows users to edit 3D projects and features high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, according to the project’s website.
  • FLOSS Manuals. Not a programmer? Not a problem! If you’re an open source evangelist who thinks C++ looks closer to a test grade than a computer language, you can still contribute to projects. Maybe you can’t write code but you can write words. Head on over to FLOSS Manuals, a repository of manuals relating to open source projects. They’re always looking for new blood to get involved.

What current open source projects are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments below!