Frontiers in Neuroinformatics just announced the publication of a new article, written by Dan Marcus and Tim Olsen of the XNAT team and several members of the Human Connectome Project consortium. Titled “Informatics and Data Mining Tools and Strategies for the Human Connectome Project,” the article explores the informatics needs and challenges of the Human Connectome Project, and our efforts to evolve and grow XNAT to meet those challenges.
The goal of the Human Connectome Project is to build — or to enable the building of — a map of functional and structural connectivity in the healthy human brain. In order to do this, we must gather a sufficiently large and diverse data set to work with. As part of the project, 1200 subjects will be scanned using fMRI, and in some cases, re-scanned using MEG/EEG.
The resulting petabytes of data will be made publicly available to the research community as a part of the project’s charter. This creates a tremendous informatics management challenge, one that XNAT is well positioned to take on. Stay tuned for more updates!