Journal Article

The World Wide Web: A Review of an Emerging Internet-based Technology for the Distribution of Biomedical Information

Henry J. Lowe, Edward C. Lomax and Stacey E. Polonkey

in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Volume 3, issue 1, pages 1-14
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 1067-5027
Published online January 1996 | e-ISSN: 1527-974X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jamia.1996.96342645
The World Wide Web: A Review of an Emerging Internet-based Technology for the Distribution of Biomedical Information

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The Internet is rapidly evolving from a resource used primarily by the research community to a true global information network offering a wide range of databases and services. This evolution presents many opportunities for improved access to biomedical information, but Internet-based resources have often been difficult for the non-expert to develop and use. The World Wide Web (WWW) supports an inexpensive, easy-to-use, cross-platform, graphic interface to the Internet that may radically alter the way we retrieve and disseminate medical data. This paper summarizes the Internet and hypertext origins of the WWW, reviews WWW-specific technologies, and describes current and future applications of this technology in medicine and medical informatics. The paper also includes an appendix of useful biomedical WWW servers.

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