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NA-MIC uses the BIRN infrastructure to store some data sets provided by Core 3. Some of those data sets are only for internal use by NA-MIC participants. There are also data sets that are available for anybody to use in their research. This page explains how to

  • get an account for BIRN
    • if you are a NA-MIC participant
    • if you are not a NA-MIC participant
  • find NA-MIC data on portal
  • find available non-NA-MIC data on the portal
  • launch Slicer from the portal to view the data

Getting a BIRN Portal Account

Portal Main page

Visit the BIRN Portal, and click the tab labelled "Request an account". Fill out the appropriate information. Your account application will be reviewed by a human and verified. When your account has been accepted, you will be emailed an "activation link". Click on this link to view the portal as a registered user. The entire process usually takes less than a day. After logging on, click on the Collaboration tab which should take you to the "My Space" page, which represents all of the projects that you have access to.

Logged in to the BIRN Portal

Getting access to NAMIC data

NAMIC data is stored as part of the "NAMIC" project within the BIRN Portal. In order to get access to the data, you need to be a member of the NAMIC project. If NAMIC is listed in your projects from your "My Space" page, you need to take no further action. If it is not listed, you simply need to join.

Visit the overall BIRN Projects page by clicking the "Projects" link in the "Collaboration" tab's submenu.

BIRN Portal projects page

Search for the NAMIC project---the easiest approach is to hit ^F or Cmd-F (Mac) and type NAMIC.

NAMIC Project entry

On the right hand side is a column "Membership?". Click the "Request" link. You will receive an email stating that you have requested membership into the project.

Requesting admission to the NAMIC project

When the project administrator has viewed your request and approved you, you will receive an email that you have been accepted into the project. Visiting the portal will allow you to complete the cycle, by clicking the "Accept" link.

Accepted into the NAMIC project

Searching NAMIC data

From the "My Space" section, click on the NAMIC project in your "Projects Overview" tab.

NAMIC Project space

Select "SRB Project Folders". From here, either browse for specific data (if you know what you're looking for) or search by meta data.

SRB File Space for NAMIC project

Use the MetaDataUtils to search for files of a particular type. Select the "search" icon Search-icon.png. Search on any of the following fields.

DataStatus \in (1---meaning?)

Institution (obvious)

ScannerField <=> field strength, in Tesla

ScannerManufacturer (obvious)

ScannerModel (one of Echospeed...)

ScannerScanType (DTI (others?))

SubjectDiagnosis (one of Unknown...)

SubjectGroup (One of Unknown...)

Searching for non-NAMIC Data

From the Data Management tab, simply visit the project home directory of whatever project you are interested in. If the data is public, you will be able to view it. If the data is not public (and you don't see it), please request access to that project using similar steps to above. You can search for data using the metadata search utilities described above.

Running Slicer (2) on Data

  1. Open the Data Management page, either by logging in and selecting the appropriate Tab, or by jumping straight to the NAMIC project's SRB directory
  2. Navigate to a DICOM file
  3. Choose the launcher tool Rocket.jpg at the upper right
  4. Select the radio button on the right hand side next to the appropriate file
  5. Agree to any of the security-related pop-ups
  6. The GridLauncher dialog will pop up; verify the settings
  7. Click "Launch", and slicer-2 will run and preload the data
Portal launcher tool
GridLauncher running on local PC preparing to run Slicer 2

Launching of Slicer 3 will be added to the portal soon.