Provenance in neuroimaging.

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), Department of Neurology, University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, 635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Suite 225, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7334, USA.
NeuroImage (Impact Factor: 6.13). 08/2008; 42(1):178-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.04.186
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ABSTRACT Provenance, the description of the history of a set of data, has grown more important with the proliferation of research consortia-related efforts in neuroimaging. Knowledge about the origin and history of an image is crucial for establishing data and results quality; detailed information about how it was processed, including the specific software routines and operating systems that were used, is necessary for proper interpretation, high fidelity replication and re-use. We have drafted a mechanism for describing provenance in a simple and easy to use environment, alleviating the burden of documentation from the user while still providing a rich description of an image's provenance. This combination of ease of use and highly descriptive metadata should greatly facilitate the collection of provenance and subsequent sharing of data.

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