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IT is the first in Portugal to get 4 badges in ORCID´s Collect & Connect program

on 07-02-2018

... IT´s integration of ORCID was awarded the Authenticate, Collect, Display, and Connect badges of ORCID´s Collect and Connect program - a set of resources and guidelines for ORCID integration and engagement – thus becoming the first organization in Portugal to achieve this integration level.

Gathering a global community of all kinds of stakeholders from the research ecosystem, ORCID is a non-profit organization that aims to help all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation to have a unique identification and to be connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders and time.

With hundreds of ORCID Member Organizations globally building ORCID identifiers into their systems, as well as some funders and publishers now requiring ORCID iDs, researchers are increasingly likely to encounter ORCID in their day-to-day life. Therefore, the ORCID Collect & Connect program has been developed to streamline the integration process and foster a shared user experience, ensuring researchers and member-integrators understand what ORCID is, and why and how to engage.

It is essential that organizations play their part in planning and building an ORCID integration system that enables connecting validated, trustworthy information about its researchers and their affiliation with the organization to their ORCID records. ORCID evaluates the level of integration in each system according to five parameters: Authenticate and Collect – means that the system collects validated ORCID ID´s for individuals, ensuring they are correctly connected with the institution; Display – ID´s are displayed on the organization website, platform, systems, meaning they are plumbed to support ORCID ID´s; Connect – data is connected to ORCID Records, enabling researchers to provide validated data to others; and Synchronize – the organization system is synchronized with the ORCID Registry, which improves reporting speed and accuracy, reducing the burden of entering the data manually

IT research team uses light field technology for melanoma detection

on 01-02-2018

... In project Dermopleno a research team from IT in Leiria developed technology that uses advanced medical imaging systems for skin lesion diagnosis and characterization, particularly focusing on the melanoma, known as the deadliest form of skin cancer. Developed by IT, in collaboration with Dermatologists from the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, the project uses cameras with light field technology, allowing the representation of skin lesions in 3D. According to Sérgio Faria, IT researcher and the coordinator of Dermopleno, this method allows a more accurate diagnosis and, therefore, an early detection of the disease.

Currently, skin lesion diagnosis mainly relies on dermoscopy - a noninvasive technique based on the inspection of 2D images. However, the limited information provided by this type of images is still regarded as a constraint to achieve higher rates of agreement between expert observers, when assessing results of computational methods. In this sense, and through the use of cameras with sensors of 42 megapixels, team Dermopleno collects 3D images that facilitate the reading of transformations occurring in the skin. In addition to image compression without loss of quality, the research team processes the information collected with artificial intelligence algorithms, evaluating the state of the cutaneous lesion, defining, for example, whether it is a benign or malignant cancer.

Still in the process of collecting images, Dermopleno aims to create the world´s first database with light field images of skin lesions to be made publicly available.

When the full scope and objectives of the project are achieved, a new landmark on skin lesion classifications and diagnosis will be reached, ensuring the prevention and appropriate treatment of skin diseases