WebCDs and Push technologies lined up against breast cancer to try and "Break IT".

Brussels 26 November 1997 WebCD based technology for electronic publishing is aiming to achieve inter platform cross-amplification between two complementary media and can be divided into three levels of ascending complexity. The first solution presents hyperlinks between the CD and the Web sites, both different in format and layout and merely convergent at the information structuring level. Web gateway exists from the CD with in window activation of the Web site whereas the Web pages allow optional off-line cross-reference to the CD contents. The second option rapidly becoming prevalent now permits CD and Web to share the same information type and interfaces. Thus, a 100% portability of the codes is granted between the two media if sufficiently large bandwidths and payment services are taken care of. Unfortunately, the "free usage syndrome" is bound to undermine the commercial position of priced CD versions.

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WebCD based technology for electronic publishing is aiming to achieve inter platform cross-amplification between two complementary media and can be divided into three levels of ascending complexity. The first solution presents hyperlinks between the CD and the Web sites, both different in format and layout and merely convergent at the information structuring level. Web gateway exists from the CD with in window activation of the Web site whereas the Web pages allow optional off-line cross-reference to the CD contents. The second option rapidly becoming prevalent now permits CD and Web to share the same information type and interfaces. Thus, a 100% portability of the codes is granted between the two media if sufficiently large bandwidths and payment services are taken care of. Unfortunately, the "free usage syndrome" is bound to undermine the commercial position of priced CD versions.

The third level implicates the optimal integration between Web and CD based repositories sharing the same information structure in distributed multi platform databases accessed by common interfaces based on open standards. Interactive Labs has applied the latter on- and off-line architectures to the Break IT project which serves as an example for the advanced usability and effective communication, both necessary for the off-line training sections, together with the flexibility and information sharing capabilities for the on-line case studies support sections. From a practical point of view, the Break IT solution offers effective training modules assessing expected pre-requisites and transferring core contents as well as a set of breast cancer case studies with high quality imagery backed up with related multimedia case data.

As a matter of fact, this global concept includes hypertextual multimedia interfaces to underlying multimedia information bases on the Web and on CDs allowing user friendly information retrieval and the adoption of digital audio-visual trailers, 3-D reconstruction and interactive models for visual quick reference and real time multiple layers annotation of images with annexed editing, sharing, e-mailing, teleconferencing and groupware possibilities. In this way, the Break IT proposal is responding to the continuing educational demands and pressing needs for quick reference of the medical community. The high integrated Break IT WebCD constitutes a most helpful tool in the early detection of malignant lesions and in their certified diagnosis and classification for an effective and successful treatment and follow-up of breast cancer.

Read more on the Interactive Labs'project which was awarded as the best Scientific/Technical/Medical title by the European Commission Work program supporting the evolution of the European electronic publishing industry on the Break IT site.


Leslie Versweyveld

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