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What is the 2012 Summer of Sharing?

The International Neuroimaging Data-sharing Initiative (INDI) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2012 Summer of Sharing – an effort dedicated to the sustenance and acceleration of data and analytic resource sharing among imaging community members.

Why Share?

Open science initiatives are transforming the neuroimaging community. Researchers who once struggled to obtain 20-30 datasets now have unrestricted access to thousands of scans, including data obtained from developing, aging and clinical populations. Equally important, the sharing of data analysis scripts and code is becoming increasingly common, thereby enhancing the dissemination of knowledge and capabilities among laboratories – as well as facilitating replication efforts. Although exciting, we are only at the beginning. The success of open science initiatives remains dependent upon continued community participation. Against this background, the 2012 Summer of Sharing was born.

What to Share?

We are actively asking investigators around the world to get involved in the sharing process. The following asking for the sharing of resources representing the following categories:


Resting state fMRI and/or diffusion data employed in published studies, along with any available meta-data you’d like to share (See INDI Retro for previously shared datasets; examples include Kelly C. et al., 2011 Bio Psych, Keller C. et al., 2011 PNAS, and Power J. et al., 2012 Neuroimage).


Python, Matlab, BASH, C/C++ - we’re not choosy! INDI is actively promoting the sharing of analytic scripts and codes employed in published and/or ongoing studies through NITRC and GitHub – if you post them, we’ll help to make sure you’re recognized for it.


Just provide us the information and we’ll help to get the word out!


Atlases, parcellation schemes, reference resources, etc. – everyone can benefit from them.

How to Share?

Contact us at INDI_SummerOfSharing@childmind.org to make a pledge or learn more about how to get involved.

Who’s Already Sharing?

Already, the following resources are scheduled for sharing this summer:
It is our hope that this list is just the beginning. We will follow with updates throughout the summer months. The success of open science depends on all of us – so get involved, and share that brain!