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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 659364, 10 pages
Research Article

Usalpharma: A Cloud-Based Architecture to Support Quality Assurance Training Processes in Health Area Using Virtual Worlds

1GRIAL Research Group, Department of Computer Science and Automatics, University of Salamanca, Paseo de Canalejas 169, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
2Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Salamanca, Faculty of Pharmacy, Campus M. Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
3IBSAL Salamanca Institute for Biomedical Research, University Hospital of Salamanca, Paseo San Vicente 58-182, 37007 Salamanca, Spain

Received 20 December 2013; Accepted 2 February 2014; Published 20 March 2014

Academic Editors: R. Colomo-Palacios and V. Stantchev

Copyright © 2014 Francisco J. García-Peñalvo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper discusses how cloud-based architectures can extend and enhance the functionality of the training environments based on virtual worlds and how, from this cloud perspective, we can provide support to analysis of training processes in the area of health, specifically in the field of training processes in quality assurance for pharmaceutical laboratories, presenting a tool for data retrieval and analysis that allows facing the knowledge discovery in the happenings inside the virtual worlds.