The Living Human Digital Library
 The LHDL project is now finished; these pages are maintained for traceability. Most LHDL technology is accessible within the PhysiomeSpace data management service
The story so far...

The Living Human Project (LHP) will develop a worldwide, distributed repository of anatomo-functional data and of simulation algorithms, fully integrated into a seamless simulation environment and directly accessible by any researcher in the world. This infrastructure will be use to create the physiome of the human musculo-skeletal system.

This grass-root initiative started in 2002 as a result of the BioNet coordination action, aimed to establish the grand challenges for European biomechanics. The BioNet consensus document clearly pointed out the need for an Internet-based virtual community as a mean to share biomechanics data.

In 2003 a group of partners who were also involved with the BioNet action wrote a document drafting a possible strategy to have the LHP started.

In the meanwhile Marco Viceconti started a voluntary effort called biomechanics European Lab (BEL). The idea was to create a community of interested colleagues, who would develop the LHP without any centralised funding. The BEL is now being merged to Biomed Town, and the BEL web site remains available only for historical reasons. But it was evident that the most important limiting factor for LHP was the lack of an adequate information technology infrastructure. This need is now being matched by two separate provisions.

Living Human Digital Library  
A consortium of European institutions is developing the Living Human Digital Library, as part of the LHDL STRP project supported by the European Commission. This WiKi page contains constantly update information on the LHDL project.

Biomed Town  
The users of LHP, e.g. all those researchers, industrial, or clinical professional that are interested in the musculo-skeletal system in any way and at any dimensional scale, from the whole body down to the cell and the proteins, will create a collaborative community within Biomed Town. The activities of the LHDL Consortium are hosted in the LHDL Building. The community consensus process takes place in the Living Human Square.

If you want to get involved, apply to become a Biomed Town citizen and then visit the VPH Square.

If you want to know the latest news about LHP and the LHDL project click here.