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Published on 19.09.99 in Vol 1 (1999): Supplement 1

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    PUB2/420: Supporting a "Virtual Medical Worlds Community" with the "Virtual Magazine Publisher" Software System


    Introduction: Creating an Internet based community requires a supporting software and hardware infrastructure that enables community members and community organisers to easily enter and update information, apart from other aspects such as discussion organisation and virtual meeting places. Here we describe a software system, "Virtual Magazine Publisher" (VMP) for managing magazines, newsletters, journals, member profile pages and project description pages. Its application for "Virtual Medical Worlds Community", a group of organisations involved in telemedicine and underlying advanced technologies is described.

    Methods: The VMP software ( was designed, with the following criteria in mind:
    When analysing magazines we found that most have a simple structure, apart from glossy magazines and a number of scientific journals, being subdivided in sections, and each section is subdivided in articles or items. The lay-out of the articles in the section follow the same rules. Each issue has the same look and feel. Information from an article is used in the contents of the magazine. The structure is captured in an SGML definition (DTD) with two types of elements:
    The issues can be constructed automatically from the information contained in each article using templates. Multimedia files that belong to an articles can identified by an "attach" element. The publishing software can help the editor with an overview of everything that belongs to an article or an issue.

    Results: The system is used for a number of magazines and communities. The most elaborate is the "Virtual Medical Worlds Community", a group of organisations involved in telemedicine and underlying advanced technologies ( The main parts of this community are:

    Discussion: The current system is implemented using an article description based on an HTML-extension. The system is written mainly in PERL, Javascript, and a Java application. The fast take-up of XML allows to revert this situation: a new design will use XML to implement the article structure.

    J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e105



    Edited by G Eysenbach; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. published 19.09.99

    Except where otherwise noted, articles published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.