Terminology development towards harmonizing multiple clinical neuroimaging research repositories

Jessica A. Turner, Danielle Pasquerello, Matthew D. Turner, David B. Keator, Kathryn Alpert, Margaret King, Drew Landis, Vince D. Calhoun, Steven G. Potkin, Marcelo Tallis, Jose Luis Ambite, Lei Wang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Data sharing and mediation across disparate neuroimaging repositories requires extensive effort to ensure that the different domains of data types are referred to by commonly agreed upon terms. Within the SchizConnect project, which enables querying across decentralized databases of neuroimaging, clinical, and cognitive data from various studies of schizophrenia, we developed a model for each data domain, identified common usable terms that could be agreed upon across the repositories, and linked them to standard ontological terms where possible. We had the goal of facilitating both the current user experience in querying and future automated computations and reasoning regarding the data. We found that existing terminologies are incomplete for these purposes, even with the history of neuroimaging data sharing in the field; and we provide a model for efforts focused on querying multiple clinical neuroimaging repositories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationData Integration in the Life Sciences - 11th International Conference, DILS 2015, Proceedings
EditorsJose-Luis Ambite, Ashish N. Naveen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319218427
StatePublished - 2015
Event11th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences, DILS 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2015Jul 10 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other11th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences, DILS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Assessments
  • Clinical scales
  • Data sharing
  • Mediation
  • Neuroimaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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