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Release: Feb. 18, 2002
(PHOTO: One of the skeleton images from the new interactive "Anatomia
Hardin's Information Commons makes rare anatomical illustrations on Web
Information Commons Production Services, based in the University of Iowa's
Hardin Library for Health Sciences, has made online viewing of rare anatomical
illustrations more interactive with the Web release of part two of "Anatomia
Universa," a book by noted anatomist Paolo Mascagni.
Published as a series between 1823 and 1832, the physical "Anatomia
Universa" is a comprehensive work of anatomy lacking only microscopic
anatomy, histology and the lymphatics of the skin. The beautifully executed
plates depict the anatomical and skeletal structure of the human body in great
detail. The UI's copy appears to be one of only three or four copies in the
Previously, users accessing "Anatomia Universa" on the Web were
able to see individual plates in three views: thumbnail, small and medium.
With the new QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) release, the added format provides
dynamic zooming and panning across each plate for more detailed viewing. Plates
that feature multiple illustrations have the added feature of "hot spots."
By clicking once on a distinct illustration, users can see that illustration
in isolation but still retain the interactive zooming and panning function.
The technique for delivering high-resolution imagery with interactive controls
provides an alternative interface and opportunity for scholars to interact
with and to analyze these images. The QTVR format can be applied to any kind
of two-dimensional image, such as photographs, drawings and maps.
"Medical faculty and students will find this Web resource useful in
terms of medical history and anatomy, but so will art history faculty and
students interested in the illustrations themselves," said Jim Duncan,
coordinator of the Hardin Library's Information Commons and Electronic Services.
Tim Bryant, a graduate student in the UI School of Library and Information
Science, produced the site's QTVR components and greatly improved the site's
internal structure and navigation. The recently implemented QTVR section of
the "Anatomia Universa" project was coordinated by Scott Fiddelke,
digital media project manager at the Information Commons, and is based on
a technique developed by Duncan.
The Information Commons Production Services provide consultation and award-winning
production services in Web, multimedia and other electronic publishing technologies.
Visit the "Anatomia Universa" Web project at http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin-www/mascagni/.
For more information, contact Jim Duncan at (319) 335-6928 or by e-mail at
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