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VHIST Users' Guide

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Stefan Vollmar, Andreas Hüsgen, Michael Sué,
Joachim Nock, Roman Krais
Email: vhist@nf.mpg.de

VHIST, Jun 28 2013

minervaMax-Planck-Institut für neurologische Forschung
mit Klaus-Joachim-Zülch-Laboratorien der
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und der
Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln
Cologne, Germany   http://www.nf.mpg.de


The VHIST [1], [2], [3] project defines a file format suitable for documenting workflows. VHIST files can store meta-data about the workflow and allow to embed arbitrary binary data, such as images or log files, into the documentation. Embedded data can be validated and extracted using multiple facilities. VHIST files are self-describing and compatible to PDF and other open standards and can therefore be viewed with any PDF browser. VHIST is particulary suited as an meta-image format in the context of multi-modality and functional imaging, however, it is not limited to this use-case.

The platform independent open-source reference implementation of VHIST supports all essential features needed to work with VHIST. VHIST can be used on top of existing workflows without the need to change major applications. Please refer to the VHIST white paper [4] for more information on the general concept and the specification. This User's Guide focuses on how to use the reference implementation.


If you want to learn more about VHIST, see the Introduction.

Commandline Tools

For more information about the commandline tools included in the reference implementation, see vhistadd, vhistxl and vhistxs.

Graphical Tools

If you want to know how to use our graphical tool VHISTzard, see the VHISTzard documentation.

Legal Issues

Refer to Disclaimer and Licensing for legal issues.



The VHIST-Homepage: http://www.nf.mpg.de


S. Vollmar, A. Hüsgen, M. Sué, M. May, R. Krais, Workflow Histories and Image Data with Validation, Abstracts of the XI Turku PET Symposium (2008) p. 108.


S. Vollmar, M. Sué, A. Hüsgen, J. Nock, R. Krais (2009). VHIST/VINCI – New Concepts for typical Problems in Multi-Modality Imaging. 4th European Molecular Imaging Meeting, Barcelona, May 27-30 2009, Barcelona, Spain. Abstract Book, p. 180

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