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Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS)

Date: November 5 2020

Summary: An overview of the BIDS style for Brain Imaging Data.

Keywords: ##zettel #bids #neuroscience #brain #imaging #archive


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Table of Contents

    1. Purpose
    2. Specific data specifications:
    3. Topics
  1. How To Cite
  2. References
  3. Discussion:


A core problem regarding reproducible neuroscience is that there has been no widely adopted standard for describing data from an imaging experiment. This renders sharing and reusing data difficult.[1] Furthermore, it complicates automation and quality assurance.

The BIDS format was inspired by the work done by the OpenNeuro community to easily share and structure their data regarding pertaining to neuroscientific research. It enables development of automated tools to operate on datasets. [1] Common standards minimize curation! Helps those not involved to effectively understand the data.

Specific data specifications:

The key names follow a fixed dictionary in the specification.


Neuroimaging: brain imaging to gain quantitative brain data. [1]

Error reduction: errors attributed to misunderstanding data.

Provenance: information regarding actions or those involved in producing an object. It can be used to form assessments about its valour.

How To Cite

Zelko, Jacob. Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS). November 5 2020.


[1] K. J. Gorgolewski et al., β€œThe brain imaging data structure, a format for organizing and describing outputs of neuroimaging experiments,” Sci Data, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 160044, Dec. 2016, doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.44.


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