The Internet Brain Volume Database: A Public Resource for Storage and Retrieval of Volumetric Data
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Every month, numerous publications appear that include neuroanatomic volumetric observations. The current and past literature that includes volumetric measurements is vast, but variable with respect to specific species, structures, and subject characteristics (such as gender, age, pathology, etc.). In this report we introduce the Internet Brain Volume Database (IBVD), www.nitrc.org/projects/ibvd, a site devoted to facilitating access to and utilization of neuroanatomic volumetric observations as published in the literature. We review the design and functionality of the site. The IBVD is the first database dedicated to integrating, exposing and sharing brain volumetric observations across species and disease. It offers valuable functionality for quality assurance assessment of results as well as support for meta-analysis across large segments of the published literature that are obscured from traditional text-based search engines.
KeywordsBrain Volume Quantitative neuroanatomy Morphometry Database Website
This work was supported in part by grant NS34189 (PI Kennedy) as part of the Human Brain Project, MH083320 (Co PIs Kennedy and Frazier) and NS064354 (PI Gao). Thanks for tireless data entry efforts are owed to Julianne Steele, Aliya Dincer and Thomas Buckley. Marilyn Albert and Bruce Fischl provided access to individual data from their published work. Robert Williams provided group and individual mouse brain volumes from the Mouse Brain Library (MBL—http://www.mbl.org/).
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