[July 31, 2000] Distributed through the University of Washington, Structural Informatics Group, "IML is a schema for storing textual annotations to GIF or JPEG images. It is used in medical education software and clinical information systems. IML is a straightforward schema for storing textual annotations to GIF or JPEG images. The annotation model is one of outlined regions, identified by labels, and colored 'strings' and 'pins'. The schema also allows for some limited metadata about the annotations. IML 1.0 is based on an existing lisp-like format used in our web-based interactive anatomy atlases. IML 1.0 is a straight implementation of the current, production Frame Format 2.0, which is presently used in the Personal Annotated Image Server (PAIS), an open source project of our research group. New releases of IML will improve the granularity of the present annotation model, refine the metadata, and introduce new annotation models: (1) IML 1.5 will be an extension to IML 1.0 with a reordering of elements to allow more flexible display, an extension of Metadata, integration of the STRUCT and CONTROL types into a richer featured region, general URL references, etc. The error handling in the PAIS tools needs to be substantially enhanced. This will no longer be backwards compatible with FF2. (2) IML 2 will be the extension of IML to include IMS style metadata, post discussion with Sebastian, Chris, and Sharon. (3) IML 3 will be the extensin of IML to include a Layer/Overlay model of annotation."
The IML DTD is derived from the Digital Anatomist Frame Format 2.0 for annotation of images for the DA online image server; see http://www9.biostr.washington.edu/DA/docs/specs/currSpec.html. For more information on the Digital Anatomist Project, see http://sig.biostr.washington.edu.
"The University of Washington Structural Informatics Group is an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers and biologists, with emphasis on the development of methods for representing, managing, visualizing and utilizing information about the physical organization of the body. The group is led by Jim Brinkley, in close collaboration with Cornelius Rosse."