Display, Annotation and Tagging of 3D Embryo Models

The next-generation embryology portal is a web application for interactive display of sections from 3D embryo models. It not only allows you to change the viewing orientation, but also to annotate markers and regions-of-interest on top of these views. These annotations can then be linked to appropriate resources, such as documents, videos or web-sites.
Interactive image display
Interact with 3D embryo models by changing viewing orientation and section selection.
Annotation and tagging
Interactively create markers and regions-of-interest on top of the embryo images.
Link to resources
Link markers and regional annotations to digital resources such as documents, videos and web-sites.
Organise 3D views
Organise important 3D views of embryo models using viewing orientations and section depths.
Global access
Access 3D embryo visualisations from anywhere in the world.
Open-source project
Download, modify and improve the code-base. Source code available under MIT license.

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Research collaboration and funding

3D developmental atlases are used in research for capture, collation and analysis of spatio-temporal data such as in situ gene-expression. The most advanced systems are based on a temporal series of 3D models. Examples are the EADHB human embryo atlas in Newcastle and the e-MouseAtlas in Edinburgh. In the Next-Generation Embryology project, we use the 3D spatio-temporal frameworks in conjunction with a repository to deliver research and educational materials directly in the context of the developing embryo. The interface of the portal is similar to that of Google Maps, while the functionality it provides is similar to that of Wikimapia.

The Next-Generation Embryology project was funded by JISC. The partner institutes were:

University of Edinburgh

Medical Research Council Edinburgh

University of Newcastle

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