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    The Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy)
    coordinates an international effort called The
    Living Human Project (LHP). This international
    initiative aims to develop a worldwide,
    distributed repository of anatomo-functional data
    and of simulation algorithms, fully integrated
    into a seamless simulation environment and
    directly accessible by any researcher in the
    world. This will establish Europe as the leader
    in the area of human functional modelling,
    directly challenging the USA Visible Human
    Project and related initiatives.

    A fundamental component of the LHP is the
    so-called Living Human Digital Library, an ICT
    infrastructure that is being developed by a
    consortium of European institutions as part of
    the EC-funded LHDL project that is coordinated by
    the CINECA Supercomputing Centre, also located in
    Bologna, Italy. In addition to CINECA and the
    Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, the consortium sees
    the participation of the Université Libre de
    Bruxelles, of the University of Bedfordshire, and
    of the Open University.

    Today the LHDL Consortium jointly announced the
    first prototype release of the Living Human
    Digital Library. THE LHDL user can download the
    release Alpha1 of LHPBuilder, a PC software that
    allows researchers to import any digital dataset,
    including medical imaging, motion capture and
    simulation results datasets, elaborate and fuse
    these data into coherent sets, interactively
    visualise them, and then save them into a single
    data archive.

    These data archives can then be uploaded to the
    LHDL using the library portal, hosted by the
    Biomed Town Internet community. Each authorised
    user will have his or her own storage space, that
    can contain all the data archives that he or she
    wants to share with the rest of the research

    The first prototype of the Living Human digital
    library does not allow the user to define an
    access policy for her data. This means that any
    other user with access rights can download every
    dataset loaded onto LHDL. Because of this in the
    present initial phase we shall be forced to grant
    access only to those groups that intend to deploy
    on the library a collection of data worth roughly
    the equivalent of the data that the LHDL partners
    plan to deploy. In the definitions and
    documentation room you will find more details on
    LHDL, its development plans, and on how to submit
    an application to be come a member of the users

    Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
    Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
    via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy

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