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The DIOC project received financial support from the National Library of Medicine (1-G08-LM-8667-1A1) and the American Medical Informatics Association.

In addition, we received encouragement and support from:

The PI of this proposal presented the project during the MedInfo 2004 meeting (September 2004, San Francisco). Attending members of the AMIA DI-WG and the international members of the IMIA Working Group for Dental Informatics enthusiastically supported the spirit of this proposal during the joint business meeting.

In 2004, the AMIA supported the planning and preparation of the DI Online Community with $1,300 of seed money. We have secured a continuation of support for this project from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) for 2005. Its Dental Informatics Working Group will conduct a survey among all North American dental schools to gather contact information and level of expertise of people involved in informatics and IT. The results of this survey will enable us to create an initial directory of contact and background information of these individuals.

In February 2004, 75 participants of the 2003 conference “Dental Informatics and Dental Research: Making the Connection” were contacted regarding this proposal. All 17 responses were positive. Most responders indicated that they would use such a resource and some offered their active support for the project.

Funding from the AMIA in 2004 (mentioned above) was used to create a preliminary publication archive, as outlined in this proposal. The publication archive will go live in May of 2005 and will be used as a nucleus for the DI Online Community. With this tool, we hope to attract (and collected contact information for) interested individuals to the Community .

The grant application was accompanied by letters of support from:
- AMIA endorsement (supported by Charles Safran, president of AMIA)
- Anders Natterstad (Secretary of the Association for Dental Education in Europe)
- Arvind Shankar Krishnaswamy (bioinformatics researcher)
- Michelle Robinson (recent graduate of a DI postgraduate training program),
- Klaus Wiedhahn (Editor, International Journal of Computerized Dentistry, Quintessence Pub.)
- Wook-Sung Yoo (Chair of the IMIA Working Group 11 for Dental Informatics)

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