College of Medicine & UC Libraries: Otolaryngology Informationist Project

Start Date

March 22, 2016

End Date

August 23, 2016

Current Status


Project Client:

Kristen Burgess, MSLS
Asst Director Academic

AHC-Health Sciences Library
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati OH 45267-0574

Tel: (513)558-3071

Project Lead:

Janusia Figueiredo

UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research

Project Sponsor:

Chris M. Collins

UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research

Project Purpose & Justification

Informationists in the UC Health Sciences Library were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The funding organizations recognize the sharing of biomedical data as an essential component of the research process, and have asserted the importance of researchers sharing their data with the scientific community. Data sharing within the otolaryngology research community encounters a number of barriers that prevent the most optimal sharing of data generated by those performing experiments and those seeking validation for computational models. Thus, the primary aim of this project is to alleviate these barriers by developing tools and infrastructure that will facilitate an optimal means of sharing airflow and acoustic data with the otolaryngology community

Project Description

UCSIM will develop 3D animations of the vocal folds that can be embedded into a web site, utilizing data collected by researchers in the Otolaryngology department. The focus of the animations will be to educate both a general and scientific audience on the biomechanics of airflow through the vocal folds, and provide the animations in an accessible web-based format for viewing on the project web page.


The animation for this project includes a 3D portion and a 2D portion.  The 3D part helps orient the viewers so that they know which section of the vocal cords is being focused on.  The 2D part is what shows the airflow for normal vocal cords.



Preliminary Information Gathering

Otolaryngology Team Website:

Main Grant Award Website (NIH):

PHO105 – Phonation (Great overview of the anatomy and basic mechanics and airflow of speech)

Process of Phonation Small on Vimeo

Vocal Cord and Voice Box Anatomy

See Link:

Vibration of the Vocal Folds

Unified Continuum simulation of self-oscillating vocal folds (prototype)