Network of anatomical texts (NAnaTex), an open-source project for visualizing the interaction between anatomical terms

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Abstract

Anatomy is the science and art of understanding the structure of the body and its components in relation to the functions of the whole-body system. Medicine is based on a deep understanding of anatomy, but quite a few introductory-level learners are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of anatomical terminology that must be understood, so they regard anatomy as a dull and dense subject. To help them learn anatomical terms in a more contextual way, we started a new open-source project, the Network of Anatomical Texts (NAnaTex), which visualizes relationships of body components by integrating text-based anatomical information using Cytoscape, a network visualization software platform. Here, we present a network of bones and muscles produced from literature descriptions. As this network is primarily text-based and does not require any programming knowledge, it is easy to implement new functions or provide extra information by making changes to the original text files. To facilitate collaborations, we deposited the source code files for the network into the GitHub repository (https://github.com/ryusukemomota/nanatex) so that anybody can participate in the evolution of the network and use it for their own non-profit purposes. This project should help not only introductory-level learners but also professional medical practitioners, who could use it as a quick reference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAnatomical Science International
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 24 2017

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Keywords

  • Anatomical terms
  • Cytoscape
  • GitHub
  • Network analysis
  • Open source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy

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