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Neuroimage. 2016 Jan 1;124(Pt B):1084-1088. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.05.049. Epub 2015 May 24.

COINS Data Exchange: An open platform for compiling, curating, and disseminating neuroimaging data.

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1
The Mind Research Network, 1101 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA. Electronic address: dlandis@mrn.org.
2
The Mind Research Network, 1101 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
3
The Mind Research Network, 1101 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA; Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
4
The Mind Research Network, 1101 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.

Abstract

Neuroimaging data collection is inherently expensive. Maximizing the return on investment in neuroimaging studies requires that neuroimaging data be re-used whenever possible. In an effort to further scientific knowledge, the COINS Data Exchange (DX) (http://coins.mrn.org/dx) aims to make data sharing seamless and commonplace. DX takes a three-pronged approach towards improving the overall state of data sharing within the neuroscience community. The first prong is compiling data into one location that has been collected from all over the world in many different formats. The second prong is curating the data so that it can be stored in one consistent format and so that data QA/QC measures can be assured. The third prong is disseminating the data so that it is easy to consume and straightforward to interpret. This paper explains the concepts behind each prong and describes some challenges and successes that the Data Exchange has experienced.

KEYWORDS:

COINS; DX; Data Exchange; Data sharing; Neuroinformatics

PMID:
26019122
PMCID:
PMC4651833
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.05.049
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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