Fall 2004 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The Visible Human and Digital Anatomy: Proposal for a Cross-Cutting Internet2 Initiative BoF

Time 09/27/04 07:30PM-09:00PM

Session Abstract

We propose that Internet2 develop a project and a team, based in the Health Sciences Working Group, to explore the creation of an anatomy teaching resource accessible over Internet2. This would be a cross-cutting initiative with broad applicability and requiring the involvement of a diverse collection of Internet2 communities.

Digital Libraries: There are a number of examples of anatomical data and image sets. These include the Visible Human Project, the Stanford Visible Female, the Korean and Chinese Humans, the University of Washington Digital Anatomist, the Bassett collection of stereoscopic images, the Carnegie collection of embryo development and teratologic images and new micro-slice images being developed by Stanford. Since many of these are not currently organized as libraries, and lack appropriate metadata, this presents the opportunity to involve the Digital Library community.

Rich Collaboration: Two types of collaboration can be envisaged: videoconferencing to link individuals at remote sites, and data sharing within applications in the form of a shared workspace for studying and teaching anatomy. The digital video and shared workspace communities would be natural partners in this work.

Middleware and Reusable Application Toolkits: There are several active projects developing middleware and network performance tools that would supply enabling technology to this initiative. These include Web100, the Shibboleth Project, the NMI-Edit components, the NLANR measurement and analysis tools and Internet2 s Global Network Measurement Infrastructure (E2Epi) project. The technologies will help support the creation of network aware applications that can adapt to prevailing network capabilities between application components.

Enhanced Teaching and Learning: Recent years have seen the creation of numerous systems that use digital anatomical resources to enhance teaching and learning. These include for example the Visible Human Dissector from the University of Colorado, labeled segmentations of the Visible Human Female produced by the University of Michigan and the Bassett collection of labeled and annotated stereoscopic images produced by Stanford University. These are in various stages of maturity ranging from demonstration quality to commercial products, and could relate to the Health Sciences and the Research Channel communities.


Speaker Parvati Dev Innovation in Learning, Inc.

Speaker Steve Senger University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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