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Dwight Meglan
08-30-1994, 03:54 AM
Greetings,

Attached to the end of this message is my first attempt at the promised
Frequently Asked Questions document for the BIOMCH-L readership dealing
with biomechanics and the Internet. Please read the introduction of the
document to see what is the specific focus of the information.

I would appreciate feedback so that I can improve the FAQ. HOWEVER, it
should only deal with biomechanics related information resources on the
Internet. ALSO, I will not be accessible on the net for the next two weeks
so please hold comment until I post a message with where I will then be
reachable by email.

Sorry, for the inconvenience on having to wait to comment, but it was
either post now and hold comment or I would have to delay posting for at
least two more weeks.

I hope you find the information useful and have fun exploring the net :-)

dwight

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Frequently Asked Questions for the BIOMCH-L Discussion List
Relating to Biomechanics and the Internet


Introduction

This document attempts to answer questions frequently asked on BIOMCH-L
dealing with biomechanics activities on the internet and gives information
on how to access resources on the internet that hopefully can help you
answer your questions yourself.

This document does not answer general questions regarding biomechanics,
for example, What is the best way to filter human movement data ? Instead,
it provides information on the resources that you can use to answer such a
question for yourself.

Also, this document does not provide information on how to use the BIOMCH-L
listserver. To find out more about what is available on BIOMCH-L send an
email message to listserv@nic.surfnet.nl with the message: get biomch-l guide

NOTE: Universial Resource Locator (URL) syntax is used here to indicate the
addresses of the various Internet resources. Basically, this contains
the type of service, followed by the machine name, followed by the path
and file. The primary resource types are:

World-Wide Web : http
Gopher : gopher
File Transfer Protocol : ftp
Electronic Mail : email


Questions

1) Where can I find general information on exploring the internet ?
2) How do I access the archives of past messages for BIOMCH-L ?
3) How do I find the email address of someone ?
4) Where can I start exploring the internet for biomechanics-related
information ?
5) Where can I find numerical methods source code ?
6) What is GCVSPL and how can I get it ?
7) What biomechanics-specifc software is on the internet ?
8) Is there an ftp site with MRI/CT images of the human body?
9) What information is available on schools with biomechanics-oriented
teaching programs ?
10) Which biomechanics-oriented equipment vendors can be contacted via
email ?


Answers

1) Where can I find general information on exploring the internet ?

A: A good starting point is to FTP from rtfm.mit.edu the files in the
directory /pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/news/announce/newusers These will
provide you with a good overview of resources and how to access them.

Another good source of information is also available by FTP at
rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/news/answers/finding-sources
This provides a good overview on how to search for information.

If you have access to a World-Wide Web server, such as Mosaic, you
can try connecting to some of the following sites and go internet
surfing.

Planet Earth Home Page
http://white.nosc.mil/info.html

The Internet Computer Index
http://ici.proper.com/

WebSurf
http://pubweb.ucdavis.edu/Documents/Quotations/web

The Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resources
http://http2.sils.umich.edu/~lou/chhome.html

If you do not have access to these resources, there are numerous
books on the Internet available.


2) How do I access the archives of past messages for BIOMCH-L ?

A: Send an email message to listserv@nic.surfnet.nl with the message:
review biomch-l
This will provide you with a starting point for getting ahold of
past messages.


3) How do I find the email address of someone ?

A: A good source of information on how to do this is available by FTP at:
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet-by-hierarchy/news/answers/finding-addresses
This will introduce you to the multiple resources available for
searching for email addresses.


4) Where can I start exploring the internet for biomechanics-
related information ?

A: There are a number of Gopher and WWW/Mosaic sites on the internet
which can serve as good starting points for looking about. Some
suggestions are:

The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Biosciences
http://golgi.harvard.edu/biopages.html

Johns Hopkins University Welch Library
gopher://merlot.welch.jhu.edu

United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)
gopher://gopher.nih.gov

Online Medical Resources
gopher://camis.Stanford.EDU/bio/Online_Med_Resources

Bio-Medical and Related Gophers- Stanford University
gopher://camis.stanford.edu

Institute for Biomedical Computing- Washington University
gopher://ibc.wustl.edu

The Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering fileserver
email: whitaker@ecn.purdue.edu - send a message with the body HELP

Internet Health Science Resources
ftp://ftp.sura.net/pub/nic/medical.resources.xx-xx.


5) Where can I find numerical methods source code ?

A: A primary storage site for numerical methods code is Netlib which
is located at research.att.com There is a storage site for
statistical code called Statlib at lib.stat.cmu.edu

There is a document that describes numerical methods C code
available on the internet. It is located at
ftp://usc.edu/pub/C-numanal


6) What is GCVSPL and how can I get it ?

A: GCVSPL stands for Generalized Cross Validation with Splines. It is a
FORTRAN routine to automatically smooth data. It was written by
Herman Woltring by assembling the work of several individuals and
adding his own enhancements. It is documented in the code and in:

Woltring, H. J. (1986) A Fortran Package for Generalized, Cross-
Validatory Spline Smoothing and Differentiation.
Advances in Engineering Software 8, 104-113.

The code can be found on the BIOMCH-L fileserver (send a message to
listserv@nic.surfnet.nl with the body get gcvspl fortran). A version
of it converted to C can be found at:
ftp://magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu/pub/gait/cgcvspl.zip


7) What biomechanics specific software is on the internet ?

A:
ANZ/Show3d/Telio
Software to analyze and display 3D human motion and kinetics.
Includes source code, executables, sample data and tutorial.
ftp://magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu/pub/gaitlab

AXIS.EXE
Determine the position and the orientation of a revolute joint
during a spatial motion from the coordinates of two successive
positions of two markers
ftp://is1.ulb.ac.be/pub/packages/fieldmouse

dneqv
Software for dynamic equations of motion for MAPLE
ftp://shasta.wwc.edu/pub/dneqv100

Dynamics Workbench for Mathematica
Generate Kane's dynamics equations used in Mathematica- Macintosh
ftp://nsi.lhs.org/dynamics

FORTRAN subroutines for finite helical axis and instant screw axis
Available on request from:
H.J. Sommer III, Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
327 Reber Building
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
(814)863-8997, FAX (814)863-4848, Internet HJS@ECL.PSU.EDU

MAINJMP
A wireframe graphics model developed at Department of Kinesiology,
Indiana University. It is free of charge for non-profit use.
ftp://valeri.hper.indiana.edu/mainjmp.f

Herman Woltring's software on the BIOMCH-L fileserver:

B-spline package for optimal smoothing and differentiation
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get GCVSPL FORTRAN

Information about GCVSPL software
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get GCVSPL MEMO

Transformations between attitude matrix and various rotation angle
conventions
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get PRP FORTRAN

Photogrammetric and rigid-body software
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get DLTDSP FORTRAN

Explanation and testroutines for DLTDSP FORTRAN
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get DLTDSP README

Subroutine for the equiform 3-D transformation
email: listserv@nic.surfnet.nl, get DISP3DB FORTRAN


8) Is there an ftp site with MRI images of the human body?

A: There is CT and MRI data for the human head and knee stored at
ftp://omicron.cs.unc.edu/pub/softlab/CHVRTD

Wide Web server devoted to 3D reconstruction at:
http://biocomp.arc.nasa.gov/3dreconstruction

Indiana University. Many CT and MRI-series transferred to gif-format.
http://foyt.indyrad.iupui.edu/HomePage.html. Radiology Home Page -


9) What information is available on schools with biomechanics oriented
teaching programs ?

A: There is some information available on The Whitaker Foundation
Biomedical Engineering fileserver. Begin exploring by send message
with HELP as its body to whitaker@ecn.purdue.edu


10) Which biomechanics-oriented equipment vendors can be contacted via
email ?

A: Detailed information on vendor's addresses and their products can
be found on the BIOMCH-L fileserver. You can get a copy of the
latest information by sending an email message to
listserv@nic.surfnet.nl with the body: get biomch-l ypages