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Front Neuroinform. 2017 Jan 6;10:53. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2016.00053. eCollection 2016.

Cyberinfrastructure for Open Science at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

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1
McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada; Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada.
2
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia University Montreal, QC, Canada.
3
Montreal Neurological Institute Montreal, QC, Canada.
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McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada; McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada.
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McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada; Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada; Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Concordia UniversityMontreal, QC, Canada.
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Douglas Mental Health University Hospital Montreal, QC, Canada.
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Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada; McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, Montreal Neurological InstituteMontreal, QC, Canada.

Abstract

Data sharing is becoming more of a requirement as technologies mature and as global research and communications diversify. As a result, researchers are looking for practical solutions, not only to enhance scientific collaborations, but also to acquire larger amounts of data, and to access specialized datasets. In many cases, the realities of data acquisition present a significant burden, therefore gaining access to public datasets allows for more robust analyses and broadly enriched data exploration. To answer this demand, the Montreal Neurological Institute has announced its commitment to Open Science, harnessing the power of making both clinical and research data available to the world (Owens, 2016a,b). As such, the LORIS and CBRAIN (Das et al., 2016) platforms have been tasked with the technical challenges specific to the institutional-level implementation of open data sharing, including: Comprehensive linking of multimodal data (phenotypic, clinical, neuroimaging, biobanking, and genomics, etc.)Secure database encryption, specifically designed for institutional and multi-project data sharing, ensuring subject confidentiality (using multi-tiered identifiers).Querying capabilities with multiple levels of single study and institutional permissions, allowing public data sharing for all consented and de-identified subject data.Configurable pipelines and flags to facilitate acquisition and analysis, as well as access to High Performance Computing clusters for rapid data processing and sharing of software tools.Robust Workflows and Quality Control mechanisms ensuring transparency and consistency in best practices.Long term storage (and web access) of data, reducing loss of institutional data assets.Enhanced web-based visualization of imaging, genomic, and phenotypic data, allowing for real-time viewing and manipulation of data from anywhere in the world.Numerous modules for data filtering, summary statistics, and personalized and configurable dashboards. Implementing the vision of Open Science at the Montreal Neurological Institute will be a concerted undertaking that seeks to facilitate data sharing for the global research community. Our goal is to utilize the years of experience in multi-site collaborative research infrastructure to implement the technical requirements to achieve this level of public data sharing in a practical yet robust manner, in support of accelerating scientific discovery.

KEYWORDS:

bids; big data; cyberinfrastructure; data sharing; neuroimaging; neuroscience; open science framework; workflow

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