Within the European fourth framework programme, an operational infrastructure for networked image information is being developed under the project name ELISE II, referring to the Electronic Library Image Service for Europe. Coordinator of the initiative is Michael Adeyinka, director of the Laboratory for Biomedical Informatics (LBMI) in the Netherlands. At the ITIS Conference, he gave a short but stimulating account on the activities displayed in this three-year project, which are offering him a chance to delve into some new and fascinating research.
The LBMI lab for medical imaging processing is responsible for the set up of a Biomedical Image bank, in collaboration with nine universities and organisations throughout Europe. Initially, ELISE II focused on museum images but soon the scope has been enlarged to other areas, especially the medical field. The final purpose is to establish an image retrieval system across the Internet, giving access to image collections in the different European countries.
The project particularly aims at the needs of students, teachers, and libraries for visual material as well as at suppliers and images right holders dealing with copyright issues. Plans are being envisaged to start a consortium of suppliers and user groups to manage the use of distributed image banks, available via the World Wide Web and to build in security procedures against unauthorised access. In addition, the cost of the images has to be outweighed against their quality.
The major interest of the LBMI is to provide a scientific image bank for medical purposes. Dr. Adeyinka wants to organise a service for the indexing and digitising of medical images to the benefit of researchers and the academic environment. His future goals include the introduction of QBic programming to easily retrieve image contents, and Java applications to allow advanced programme writing. The installation of search engines will equally be integrated. Please, have a look at the ELISE site for detailed information.