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BACKGROUND:

Slice of Life is a non-profit project based at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Its primary purpose is to encourage the development and sharing of educational multimedia applications and the integration of complementary teaching and learning technologies in health sciences and medical education.

The project began in 1986 when a videodisc was created containing 12,839 images from the combined visual resources of the University of Utah's Departments of Pathology, Radiology, Neuroanatomy, Anatomy, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and the Medical Examiner's Office for the state of Utah. The videodisc became a "one-stop resource" for educators and students alike to access and review high quality images related to the health sciences. Numerous copies of the first edition were made available in the University's Eccles Health Sciences Library.

The design strategy behind the original videodisc was to create a visual databank of images that could be used and reused by faculty and students. The videodisc was a "generic resource pool" from which images could be "re-purposed" depending on the educational needs, learning agendas, and software development taking place at the University of Utah, and later, hundreds of other institutions and departments around the world.

Many editions of the Slice of Life have been created in a 10-year period of time since its first version, each new videodisc adding to the growing number of images and contributors. The latest (and last) edition is number seven. It contains more than 44,000 still images and 65 motion sequences related to human medicine, nursing, dentistry and allied health education. SOL VII represents contributions from 63 institutions, two professional societies, a pharmaceutical company, and 240 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Australia. Subject areas on Slice of Life include: cardiology, cytology, embryology, gross anatomy, hematology, histology, microbiology, neuroanatomy, parasitology, pathology, radiology, gastric endoscopy, colonoscopy, dermatology, and ophthalmology. See ABOUT THE SLICE OF LIFE VII VIDEODISC.

A sister project of the Slice of Life is the Slice of Brain videodisc, a two-sided encyclopedia of stills (20,779) and motion sequences (151) assembled as a resource for neuroscience education. This disc represents the contributions of 35 institutions, one professional society, and 119 individuals. See ABOUT THE SLICE OF BRAIN I VIDEODISC.

Since the beginning of the project in 1986, Slice of Life has seen multimedia tools evolve from the original analog laserdiscs. Interactive software, self-contained CD-ROM programs and Web-based access to educational courseware not even imagined a few years ago have emerged. Today the laserdisc still serves as a rich image resource for problem-based learning. Over the years, however, Slice of Life has evolved from just a videodisc product to an international network of health science educators and software developers mixing practical technology with education.

To that end, the project encourages individuals and institutions to participate in the annual SLICE OF LIFE WORKSHOP. These workshops offer a unique opportunity for interested parties to come together to share their ideas and expertise within all areas of multimedia and interactive computer instruction in the health sciences. The workshop offers opportunities for hands-on teaching and learning in the form of seminars, presentations, demonstrations and discussion sessions.

For a complete history of the origins of the Slice of Life Project, the innovations used to create the discs, and the many tutorials and software programs created to use the discs, please visit the section on the Slice of Life Project History.
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THE PRODUCERS:

slice@media.utah.edu

Many people have been instrumental in the Slice of Life Project, notably Dr. Suzanne S. Stensaas, who conceived of the videodisc and marshals the continuing cooperation and contributions of her colleagues, educators and research professionals in the health sciences and medical education. Paul E. Burrows was the producer of the videodiscs and their indexes, and currently offers technical support for the FileMaker Pro Indexes to the videodiscs. Sharon Dennis heads up the Knowledge Weavers multimedia project and is instrumental in the deployment of multimedia and digital imagery over the World Wide Web. Feel free to contact any of the following individuals:

Suzanne S. Stensaas, Ph.D.
Assoc. Prof. Neurobiology and Anatomy
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
801-585-1281
fax: 801-581-4233
email: suzanne.stensaas@hsc.utah.edu

Paul E. Burrows
Manager, New Media Integration Group
Media Solutions, Office of Information Technology
University of Utah
101 South Wasatch Drive 215EBC
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-581-7908
fax: 801-585-3584
email: pburrows@media.utah.edu

Sharon Dennis
Principal Investigator
Knowledge Weavers Project and HEAL
Eccles Health Sciences Library Bldg 589
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-585-3928
fax: 801-581-3632
email: sdennis@lib.med.utah.edu

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VIDEODISCS AND INDEXES

SLICE OF LIFE VIDEODISC INVENTORY IS DEPLETED:
The Slice of Life Project cleared its remaining inventory of Slice of Life VI and VII and Slice of Brain I Videodiscs in the first half of 2004. We distributed our remaining discs to individuals, medical students, medical schools, libraries or health care educational facilities for the cost of shipping & handling only.

No commercial publishers or re-distributors were eligible. Any re-sale of the videodiscs was strictly prohibited. Use of the videodisc for anything other than legitimate, non-commercial, educational use was strictly prohibited.

Our priority was to distribute our remaining videodiscs to existing customers and owners of any edition of the Slice of Life, followed by other interested parties.

An application form was required to qualify for the free videodiscs. Completed applications were reviewed by the producers of the Slice of Life.

A complete index that includes individual image descriptions and metadata for the image frames on the Slice of Life VI, Slice of Life VII, or Slice of Brain I videodisc was available on individual CD-ROMs in FileMaker Pro or ASCII text format (both Windows and Macintosh). The various Indexes were NOT part of the VIDEODISC GIVEAWAY.

CD-ROM INDEXES:
We can still make copies of the CD-ROM INDEXES to Slice of Life VI, Slice of Life VII, and Slice of Brain I for US$25.00 (site license). These indexes are provided as both FileMaker Pro files and ASCII data ready for importing into your favorite database or spreadsheet program on Windows-based and Apple-based computers. Because the videodisc project has ended, the CD-ROM INDEXES are sold "as is." We know they work (except for serial cable control from computers to videodisc players). The CDs include very good documentation for installation and use. If you cannot find answers to your questons in our Frequently Asked Questions and need technical support, email slice@media.utah.edu or the contacts listed on the page About Us. Although the videodisc technology and our videodiscs are no longer the technology "de jour," we will attempt to answer your questions. The people you reach were involved with the project for over a decade and are happy to share what knowledge they have, even though the videodisc project itself has come to an end.

To read more about the Indexes to the videodiscs, please click this button:
Disc Image Indexes

OTHER SOFTWARE:
Many valuable software programs and educational materials were created by faculty and institutions around the world to accompany the Slice of Life videodiscs. Unfortunately, almost all of these programs no longer function on contemporary computer operating systems. The times have changed. Some individuals have migrated their programs to the World Wide Web. In most cases, the software has simply been retired.

The Slice of Life Project does NOT distribute any of these software programs, although that was true many years ago. If you would like to read about these materials (from an historical point of view), please visit our Slice of Life Project History.
Other Software

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Digital Brain Atlas CD-ROM

HEAL Project Continues to Grow

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  • The multi-institutional repository of multimedia learning objects for health sciences education continues to grow.
  • HEAL's vision is to create a premier national digital library for all levels of health sciences education by providing free and easy access to a large number of high-quality educational materials.
  • The Project is made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Library of Medicine
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Digital Brain Atlas CD-ROM

KNOWLEDGE WEAVERS Project Creating more Multimedia Resources

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  • Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
  • Supported by the National Library of Medicine
  • Creating innovative multimedia resources to support health sciences education
  • Get more information!

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    Digital Brain Atlas CD-ROM

NEUROLOGIC EXAM: An Anatomical Approach

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  • Created by Paul D. Larsen, M.D.
    University of Nebraska School of Medicine
  • Created by Suzanne S. Stensaas, M.D.
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Conducting the Mental Status, Cranial Nerve, Coordination, Sensory, Motor and Gait Neurologic Exams for Adults
  • Hundreds of QuickTime movies, normal & abnormal, for viewing and download
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    Digital Brain Atlas CD-ROM

PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIC EXAM: A Neurodevelopmental Approach

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  • Created by Paul D. Larsen, M.D.
    University of Nebraska School of Medicine
  • Created by Suzanne S. Stensaas, M.D.
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Conducting Neurological Exams with Newborns, 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, 18-month, and 2-1/2 year olds
  • Hundreds of QuickTime movies, normal & abnormal, for viewing and download
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