National Library of Medicine
Communications Engineering Branch/MSC 3824
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8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894 USA
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Frank Walker is a senior electronics engineer on the staff of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research and development division of the National Library of Medicine. Since 1979 he has designed, developed, performed research and published a number of papers on computer systems utilizing electronic imaging, primarily for the purpose of electronic document storage, retrieval, transmission and use. Mr. Walker is the developer of NLM's DocView software, which is being used by libraries in more than 150 countries to facilitate document delivery through the Internet. He is currently interested in developing software and systems for improving the delivery and use of biomedical library information. An example of his recent work is DocMorph, a website for conversion of library information. DocMorph makes it possible to convert more than 50 types of files to the Portable Document Format (PDF), which is a file format suitable for delivery of library information to many types of computer platforms. DocMorph, which has more than 4,000 registered users, is a testbed for new information processing algorithms; it was the world's first publicly available website providing optical character recognition.
MyDelivery: The purpose of this project is to research and develop a new collaborative tool that is an improvement over existing software tools for exchanging large file information via the Internet. MyDelivery R&D focuses on three areas: large file communication, reliable communication over unreliable networks, and secure (HIPAA-compliant) information exchange. It is expected that MyDelivery will enable biomedical researchers, administrators, librarians, physicians, patients, hospitals, and other health professionals to exchange medical and health information, regardless of the size of the electronic file in which it resides, in a manner that is fast, easy, reliable, safe and secure.