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Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2010 Jan 1;7628(2010):762805.

Managing and Querying Image Annotation and Markup in XML.

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Center for Comprehensive Informatics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


Proprietary approaches for representing annotations and image markup are serious barriers for researchers to share image data and knowledge. The Annotation and Image Markup (AIM) project is developing a standard based information model for image annotation and markup in health care and clinical trial environments. The complex hierarchical structures of AIM data model pose new challenges for managing such data in terms of performance and support of complex queries. In this paper, we present our work on managing AIM data through a native XML approach, and supporting complex image and annotation queries through native extension of XQuery language. Through integration with xService, AIM databases can now be conveniently shared through caGrid.

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