Document Exploration and Linking Tool / Addons

DELT/A Logo by Klaus H.
Team 

Peter Votruba, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Information Engineering Group, Vienna, Austria
Silvia Miksch, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Information Engineering Group, Vienna, Austria

Contact Person  Peter Votruba
 
Project 

DELT/A is the further development of the Guideline Markup Tool (GMT). The aim of this project was to develop a tool that supports the transformation process of clinical guidelines from their original textual form (HTML) over an intermediate and a semi-formal representation (XML) to a formal representation that can be further used to verifiy the semantics of the guideline.

The Guideline Markup Tool (GMT) has two main features: links and macros.

  • Links: The GMT can show two different files - either HTML or XML - side by side and allows to connect related parts in these two files using special links.
  • Macros: Macros combine multiple XML elements together with their attributes and can be used for simple construction of new XML documents.

DELT/A extends the functionality of GMT with many additional useful features that facilitate the work on semi-formal and formal representations.

Some of these advanced features are for example:
  • Filter (using XPath)
  • Highlighting (using XPath)
  • Folding (using XPath)
  • Transformation (using XSLT)
  • "Linked Attributes" (using XPath)
  • Evaluating arbitrary XPath expressions
  • some more ...
Papers  Votruba, P., Miksch, S., Kosara; R.: Facilitating Knowledge Maintenance of Clinical Guidelines and Protocols,
in 11th World Congress of Medical Informatics (MedInfo 2004).
 
Votruba, P., Miksch, S., Kosara. R.: Tracing the Formalization Steps of Textual Guidelines,
in Kaiser, K.; Miksch, S. and Tu, S. (eds.): Computer-based Support for Clinical Guidelines and Protocols. Proceedings of the Symposium on Computerized Guidelines and Protocols (CGP 2004), volume 101 Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. IOS Press, 172-176, 2004.
 
Votruba, P., Miksch, S., Kosara, R.: Linking Clinical Guidelines with Formal Representations,
in Dojat, M.; Keravnou, E.; Barahona, P. (eds.): Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine in Europe (AIME 2003), Springer, Berlin, pp. 152-157, 2003.
 
Votruba P.: "Structured Knowledge Acquisition for Asbru"
Diploma Thesis; Supervisor: Miksch S.; Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna, Austria, 2003.
 
Kosara R., Miksch S., Seyfang A., Votruba P.: "Tools for Acquiring Clinical Guidelines in Asbru";
in Proceedings of the Sixth World Conference on Integrate Design and Process Technology (IDPT'02), Society for Design and Process Science, pp. 22 - 27, 2002.
 
Downloads 
download
>> Download Document Exploration and Linking Tool (DELT/A)
Filename: delta.zip
Required: Java JRE 1.4.x
Size: 3 MB
Time to download
: approx. 8.5 min (56k)
See short installation instructions.
download
>> Download DELT/A User Manual
Filename: DELTA-UserManual.pdf
Required: Acrobat Reader

Size: 1.3 MB
Time to download
: approx. 3 min (56k)

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>> Download DELT/A Tutorial
Filename: DELTA-Tutorial.pdf
Required: Acrobat Reader

Size: 0.6 MB
Time to download
: approx. 1.5 min (56k)
Images 

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  DELT/A sample project

DELT/A Main Window - activating link in sample project

DELT/A highlight feature
Highlight feature.
All plan elements are marked.

DELT/A filter feature
Filter feature.
Only parameter-def elements are shown.
Related Work 
  • Stepper at EuroMISE centrum-Cardio, University of Economics, Prague.

  • DeGeL / Uruz Web-based guideline markup tool from Medical Informatics Research Center, Department of Information Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

  • AsbruView, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna, Austria

  • DELT/A Macro Editor, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna, Austria

Funding 

This project is part of the Protocure II project, funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies arm of the IST program, FET-Open scheme, under contract number IST-FP6-508794.

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