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Open for research: Challenges and opportunities in re-using publicly available datasets

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Over the last three decades, neuroimaging research has seen large strides in the scale, diversity, and complexity of studies, the open availability of data and methodological resources, the quality of instrumentation and multimodal studies, and the number of researchers and consortia. The awareness of rigor and reproducibility has increased with the advent of funding mandates, and with the work done by national and international brain initiatives. This session will focus on the question of FAIRness in neuroimaging research touching on each of the FAIR elements through brief vignettes of ongoing research and challenges faced by the community to enact these principles. This lecture covers the benefits and difficulties involved when re-using open datasets, and how metadata is important to the process.

Topics covered in this lesson
  • Re-using open data drives ongoing tool development
  • Re-using open data enables new scientific research
  • Sufficiently available metadata is important for appropriate re-use