Hitchhiker's Guide to Using Cloud-Based Resources for Neuroimaging Research
On September 24, 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted a workshop titled “Neuroscience Data in the Cloud,” that explored the burgeoning use of cloud technology to advance neuroscience research and approaches to addressing current barriers. Following the one-day meeting, it was decided that there would be value in generating an informational guide for investigators and administrators in the field at different levels of experience for understanding, accessing and successfully using cloud-based tools in support of neuroscience research, using neuroimaging as an example. Neuroimaging was chosen as this example field as it already has numerous cloud-based infrastructure and tools, but the guidance is meant to be useful for neuroscientific data of all kinds. The action collaborative was charged with producing such guidance to help users and administrators at different levels of expertise access and navigate cloud-based resources for neuroscience research.