The Computational Bioengineering Lab ­BIC- by the
Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna
(Italy) announces the release of the seventh
selection of data belonging to the Living Human
Digital Library ­LHDL- multiscale musculoskeletal
data collection, relative to LHDL_Donor1 .

The new resource available from today consist of
a high-resolution organ level Computer Tomography
(CT) dataset of the tibia and fibula bones (left
and right). This CT dataset was acquired at high
resolution (0.46875; 0.46875) to help generating
more accurate bone models. It is registered with
the whole body CT dataset and can be superimposed
to it by using the Locate model also included in
the dataset. The Located is a low-resolution
model of the entire skeleton , which can be used
to make spatial alignment with other data resources coming from the same donor.

The data can be accessed from the
an interactive digital library service hosted on
the Biomedtown portal, designed to manage and
share a large collection of heterogeneous
biomedical data. PhysiomeSpace provides free
accounts with up to 1 GB of on-line storage space
and it is free to use for no profit research
purposes under the
license agreement
A license for commercial use of the LHDL data
collection is also available, for more information please contact:
This initiative is part of a bigger plan which by
the end of 2010 will see the publication of the entire LHDL_Donor1 collection.

How to access the PhysiomeSpace resources:
To be able to access the LHDL multiscale collection, you firstly need to:
- register to the BiomedTown portal,
- subscribe to the PhysiomeSpace user group,
- install the PSLoader© client application.
For more detailed instructions, please read the
“How to get access to the service” section, at <
You are now ready to download the data
repository. Go To and:
- search within the available data
resources and then add those you wish to download
to your basket, clicking on the shopping cart
icon next to it. Now you are ready to download the resource with PSLoader©- Open PSLoader© and authenticate, inserting BT username and password.
To finalise the download into PSLoader©, follow
this path: Operations>Manage>Download from
basket. Proceed saving the data. A window called
“Download from basket” will open, listing the
resources currently in your basket. At the end of
the download process, the downloaded data
resources will appear in the PSLoader© data tree,
and you can start working on them.

About the LHDL project:
The Living Human Digital Library (LHDL) research
026932) was a STREP Project co-funded by the
European Commission's as part of the 6th
Framework Programme. The project, under the
scientific coordination of the Istituto
Ortopedico Rizzoli (IOR, Italy), ran for three
years from February 2006 to February 2009 and saw
the participation of the University of
Bedfordshire (U.K.), the Université Libre de
Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), the Open University
(U.K.) and the CINECA Super Computing Centre (Italy).

About PhysiomeSpace:
On the basis of the technology developed during
the LHDL, CINECA spin-off Super Computing
Solutions (SCS) has recently started an
interactive digital library service, called
PhysiomeSpace designed to
manage and share with other researchers large
collection of heterogeneous biomedical data such
as medical imaging, motion capture, biomedical
instrumentation signals, finite element models,
etc. If you wish to have more information on the
service, please contact:

For further information on the data collection please visit:

Giovanna Farinella, Martina Contin, Enrico
Schileo and Marco Viceconti for the
BioEngineering Computing Laboratory of Istituto
Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy

Giovanna Farinella
Biomedical Engineer
BioEngineering Computing Laboratory
Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli
Via di Barbiano 1/10, 40126, Bologna (Italy)
tel +39-051-6366965
e-mail: or