Digital Anatomist Image Collection Manager Tutorial

See also Frequently Asked Questions
Current and potential software developers may also want to look at the ChangeLog and the TODO list.


The Digital Anatomist Image Collection Manager is a service that allows you to create and maintain a searchable archive of annotated images.  Some notable features are: 

The simplest way to get started is to point your browser at the home page, then click on the "Public Images" button. This will show all image collections that have been created by other users, and which have been made available for public viewing by their owners. Follow the instructions in Browsing Collections below for accessing images in these public collections. If you want to create your own collections you need an account, which for now is as simple as signing up for one (see Getting an Account). After you have an account you can create and edit your own collections, add images, and make collections available to others.

Browsing Collections

You can browse collections by going to the home page and clicking on "Public Images", or by logging in and clicking on "My Collections" or "Other Collections".  Collections are arranged in a hierarchical structure: each collection may contain images and/or sub-collections.  There are three basic levels of interaction for browsing collections: the collection list, the individual collection, and the individual image within a collection. The following sections describe operations you can perform at each of these levels.

The collection list level. If you are not logged in you will see icons representing publically available image collections. If you are logged in you will either see "My Collections" or "Other Collections", depending on which link you have clicked. In all cases the interface is the same. You will see a field for searching for images within one or more collections, and a set of icons representing the collections available to you. The individual collection level. When interacting with an individual collection you can access individual images, view metadata (information about the collection), edit the collection if you have write privileges (see "Creating & Editing Collections"), change image viewing options, and enter slide show mode. The individual image level is arrived at by clicking on an image icon at the individual collection level, in both slide-show and no slide-show modes. At this level you can change the size of individual images, interact with annotations if they are present, navigate to other images in the collection, enter slide mode, view individual metadata about the image copy the image to a collection in which you have write privileges, and retrieve the original or web-viewable version of the image. If you have write privileges in this collection you will also be able to edit the image metadata and upload annotations.

Getting an Account

If you want to create and edit your own image collections you need an account. Currently, anyone is allowed to set up an account. If this system becomes widely used we expect to restrict accounts to University of Washington and WWAMI users.

  1. Point your browser to the home page. You can always return to this tutorial by clicking the Help link at the top of each page.
  2. Click on Sign Up
  3. Pick a username & password, and enter your name and email address.

You can now log in using your password.  At this point you will see a page showing collections that you have previously created (initially empty). A link will also show "Other Collections" that are available to you.

Creating & Editing Collections

Editing Images

Access Regulation