Customer Success Story: Bridging the Data Standardization Gap for Collaborative Science with BIDS

By June 28, 2021February 3rd, 2022Events

The growing volume of complex neuroimaging data has created an increasing need for research collaboration and intuitive data standards like the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS). We sat down with Dr. Tim Verstynen, Co-Director of the Brain Imaging Data Generation and Education Center (BRIDGE) Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, to discuss the importance of standardizing data at the point of access, the benefits and challenges of implementing BIDS, and how the BRIDGE Center and Flywheel are accelerating collaboration.

Bridging Data Sharing Gaps with BIDS

BIDS is an increasingly adopted standard of data organization that allows researchers to more easily share neuroimaging data across a broad range of research topics. The version-controlled standard for organizing data allows users, applications, and publications to know what to expect in shared data. In our conversation, Dr. Verstynen lays out the importance of standardizing data for open science and how he helps BRIDGE Center users accomplish this with Flywheel.

“If we want to have disparate researchers collaborate and to have a community that shares, we need to have a way to easily share data and data analytics… From a user’s perspective, when they go to Flywheel to get their data, they hit the BIDS curation Gear and they automatically now have compliant, BIDS-checked data, which breaks down barriers to collaboration,”

Dr. Tim Verstynen, Co-Director of the CMU-Pitt BRIDGE Center

Watch our Presentation to Learn About the CMU-Pitt BRIDGE Center’s Success 

The BRIDGE Center has standardized data capture, pre-processing, and sharing in the BIDS format with Flywheel as its data management solution. Despite the challenges presented by adopting the format in Center naming conventions, Flywheel saves users time in data management, BIDS curation and processing.

“A lot of the headaches that were involved before are no longer there. For example, you can get fMRIPrep data in a BIDS compliant format cleanly, directly from an imaging center, whereas previous generations would have to spend weeks fighting to set up and waste a desktop for 24 hours per subject. It’s much easier for that next generation and they are very pleasantly surprised with data being in this format,”

Dr. Tim Verstynen, Co-Director of the CMU-Pitt BRIDGE Center


See our full interview with Dr. Verstynen and Michael Perry, Vice President of Scientific & Customer Solutions: