After nearly two years of regular short exchanges on the open source atlas of anatomy with many actors of the Digital Health, it appears that:
- A legal & technical thinking and action would be needed to defend 'the Commons': A problematic 'grey zone' appears when open source content gets mixed with proprietary formats or technologies. A CC-BY-SA-NC (Non-Commercial) license seems necessary to prevent the commercial recuperation.
- (Really) Free is scarce, open is exceptional, collaborative still has to be invented.
Collaborative is defined here as 'Sharing the source files during the development'.
- Many people express the will to contribute but nearly no one does; the technical solution to collaborate (google spreadsheet, forum, Linkedin community) need to be improved/developed. Could a pro-active support of the people who express the will to contribute change the situation? Who would do it?
- 'Z-Anatomy' shares copies of Wikipedia's pages as description of most anatomical structures and automatic translations of it. There are two different ways to develop this part:
-Links to Wikipedia/data
A combination of both would help to avoid the obstacles of the wiki edition process, while creating links with it.
Direct connections from and to the Wikipedia/data/commons (a link at the bottom of the wikipedia's page would open the atlas centered on the corresponding structure) could provide more traffic (when the new web viewer will be available) and allow everyone to contribute in the right place: definitions/descriptions of the anatomical structures in the wikis, and 3d representation and organization in the atlas; while a database would make it much easier to edit the content and let the users become editors.
(There are about 7000 anatomical structures and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese)
The following message will be sent to the academic organisms that are/plan to/will work using the files shared on this website:
I know that your time is precious and I will therefore be synthetic: I am writing this email to you for different reasons:
1. We are all active and actors in the field of 3D modeling, in particular in the field of anatomy. For this reason, I want to create - in the case of a shared interest in participation - a platform for discussion between us. It seems to me that exchanges could be useful to us, for the quality and efficiency of our work at all. In the event of a positive response and if necessary/desired, we can put the idea of an exchange space in place on any other device than an exchange of emails.
2. I would like to ask – in a direct way, I admit it and ask you in advance to understand me – which of you is interested in the idea/principle of some form of collaboration in our work? , which after all have the same vocation: the use, improvement and sharing of the '3D Atlas'?
3. Is there agreement in principle that a coordinated improvement of the content of the atlas is more efficient and therefore more useful to everyone (including the public) and that it would therefore be preferable to to have - as far as possible and according to methods to be defined and improved if necessary - a coordinated and integrated management of future developments?
4. The previous points seem to me the most crucial. Nevertheless, I add this: in the event of a positive response to the previous points: who would be open to sharing digital material, ideas, subsidies, or any other useful element?More generally, who feels interested in the idea of further collaboration in the future?
The message became a post to make it easier to get back to it in the future but can be considered and answered to as a personal email.