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Jun 28, 2010

PhysiomeSpace: share biomedical data in a free and easy way!

By Martina Contin

B3C today announces the release of an interactive digital library service, called PhysiomeSpace, designed to manage and share a large collection of heterogeneous biomedical data, such as medical imaging, motion capture, biomedical instrumentation signals, finite element models, etc.

The digital library services are hosted on the Biomed Town community portal and can be accessed from PhysiomeSpace is currently a totally free service which offers up to 1GB of space: anyone interested in experimenting this innovative approach can register to the BiomedTown portal and use this service under the license agreement that can be found at

PhysiomeSpace is easy to use: just with few clicks users can manage and curate the existing data resources, upload new ones and eventually share them with other users, following a simply permission system which ensure reliability and control.

PhysiomeSpace is in the process to release the Living Human Digital Library – LHDL – multiscale musculoskeletal data collection that provides a unique systematic quantification of morphological and functional aspects of the musculoskeletal system, at a range of dimensional scales from the whole body down to the tissue constituents. The originality of the collection is that all data corresponds to the same body and are registered into a multiscale hierarchy defined in a global reference framework. The full data collection will be progressively released with a cadence of two weeks and when entirely published will constitute one of the most extensive data collection publicly available of this kind.

More details on the LHDL Data collection can be found:

More information on PhysiomeSpace service:

The digital library service is managed using a client–server approach. The client application, called PSLoader© is used to import, fuse and enrich the data information according to the PhysiomeSpace resource ontology and but also to upload and download the resources to the library. A search service capitalizes on the domain ontology and on the enrichment of metadata for each resource, providing a powerful discovery environment. The metadata are described in an extensible ontology composed of a master ontology and a series of sub-ontologies which can be added by the users’ communities, depending on their needs. If you wish to learn more on the service: