Release date:  April 27, 1999



National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research, National Eye Institute, National Institute of Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders, and the National Science Foundation

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with the National
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the National Eye
Institute (NEI), the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders (NIDCD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is developing a
Visible Human Project Atlas of the Head and Neck (VHHN).  The purpose of the
contract is to develop a educationally expert, public domain-accessed web site
product, fully compatible with the NLM Visible Human Project  (VHP). 

The contract will create a landmark functional anatomy atlas of the head and
neck human body  regions that will form a prototype for a new wave of
educational applications based on the VHP data sets, and other human imagery
resources.  The successful contractor will be required to possess highly
developed technical capabilities in digital imagery and have extensive
experience with imagery of the human body as computerized axial tomography,
magnetic resonance imagery, and documented experience with the visible human
data sets of the NLM.

Functional and clinical anatomy modules are deliverables to be developed
during the contract, in areas of:  1) facial expression; 2) mastication; 3)
deglutition 4) phonation; 5) hearing; and 6) vision.  The contractor will
develop a completed working public web site instrument with data in the form
of interactive integrated clinical and functional anatomy modules.  The
contractor will be required to label anatomic structures and link the image
library of structural-anatomical knowledge with the print library of
functional, clinical, and physiological knowledge bases of the NLM.  The
contractor is required to focus interactive operation of the web site modules
to the targeted use of first year medical, dental, and nursing students; CME
specialty specific information; and education of the general public.  

Request for Proposal (RFP) NLM 99-105/SLC will be available in electronic
format only.  Paper copies will not be issued.  Potential offerors may
download the RFP on or about April 21, 1999 from the National Library of
Medicine World Wide Web home page:  


Inquiries may be directed to:

Sharon L. Cummings, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions Management
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Building 38A/B1N17
Bethesda, Maryland 20894
Telephone:  (301) 496-6546

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