What is VPHShare?
VPHShare is building a safe, online facility in which medical simulation developers can produce workflows chains of processing tasks to allow raw medical data to be refined into meaningful diagnostic and therapeutic information. Via an easy to use graphical interface, all the functions needed by workflow developers will be provided, including design, construction, data access and storage, test, high speed computation, sensitivity analyses and results presentation. By allowing users to work collaboratively, and concentrate only on the actual workflow design process, we estimate that over half the tasks usually associated with workflow project construction can be avoided. Huge savings in time can be made while complex interactions with infrastructure designers can be avoided. VPH-Share will have simple workflows running within minutes.
How does VPHShare work?
Users login to VPHShare and immediately start work, retrieving an existing workflow or beginning a new one. Components may be chosen from those available, introduced from the user’s own library, or developed in the workspace. Data may be created, selected or introduced from external sources and there is no restriction on component design as both graphical and command-line interfaces are catered for. Users may operate a complete or part workflow and their individual constraints, whether geographical location, duration of simulation, data size or cost can be balanced by the VPH-Share infrastructure, meaning computation can be made as efficient as possible. Results may be monitored and users can interact to alter the course of any analysis.
The VPHShare Project Aims
- Develop and deploy the VPH info-structure, the computing infrastructure through which the VPH community will be able to store, share reuse and integrate data, information, knowledge and wisdom on the physiopathology of the human body.
- Introduce a process by which models are formulated, analysed and annotated for integration into workflows, able to exploit the VPH info-structure.
- Develop the concept of the patient avatar as the information representation at the centre of personalised simulations.
- Illustrate the power of this approach using four flagship workflows based on existing, state of the art personalised modelling workflows, demonstrating how the predictive power of these models can be enhanced by proper assimilation of rich data and by structured recognition of variation and uncertainty.
- Reach out, firstly to the VPH community, but then to the wider clinical and medical records communities, to ensure access to the widest possible range of data and tools, made possible by the effective and easy-to-use annotation and computational services that the project will provide and promote.
How will VPHShare Look?
Accessible from any computer, laptop or mobile device, users log in to the VPH Share master interface and start work immediately. The
interface will contain services for image processing and visualisation, along with tools for helping registering new applications as web services. The Master Interface will provide:
Deployment and visualisation of atomic services and workflows
Upload and Download data from the storage service (LOBCDER)
View the list of workflow definition files that are currently available in the VPHShare infostructure and that can be executed using the Taverna Workbench workflows engine.
What will VPHShare contain?
As well as access to a rich library of VPH tools, services and data, the VPHShare environment contains a semantic search capability, which allows users to search for resources relevant to their specific research question. The environment will provide infinitely scalable storage space through the cloud platform as well as high performance virtual machines, capable of supporting the demands of running biomedical workflows. As VPHShare grows, so does its value to those who use it.
Who can use VPHShare?
The VPHShare environment is intended for anyone working in medical simulation, whether clinician, scientist, physicist, engineer or programmer.