Components of the Human Connectome Project
Data generated by the HCP is of interest to a broad spectrum of the neuroscience community, including anatomists, neuroimagers, psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, statistical geneticists, and biological network modelers, and even to a wider community of network modelers in other domains. Each of these diverse audiences have different questions and issues to explore, coming from a variety of scientific perspectives and technical backgrounds. We are committed to serving these many communities in an efficient, effective, and user-friendly way.
Our outreach efforts include:
- Humanconnectome.org website. This website currently provides regular updates on project status. This site will provide extensive documentation, and access to the ConnectomeDB, Connectome software and source code, as it is developed.
- Tutorials and Webinars. We are generating an extensive set of web-based tutorials and webinars to introduce the user community to HCP capabilities. Topics will include comprehensive coverage of acquisition protocols, Connectome software tools, and Connectome data.
- Booths at conferences. In each year of the project we are hosting an exhibit at major scientific meetings, including Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Society for Neuroscience (SfN), and International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). These booths will provide an opportunity for the community to interact in person with Connectome investigators and staff. At the booth, we give live, hands-on demonstrations of our Connectome software tools and teach users about accessing Connectome data. Our first booth was exhibited at HBM in June 2011.
- Community partnerships. The Connectome team are working closely with our colleagues in organizations across the scientific community to ensure synergy and interoperability. Early partnerships are already underway with the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC), the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), and the Allen Brain Institute.
- Short courses. We are introducing a short course on Human Connectomics to be held in conjunction with SfN and OHBM annual meetings. The course includes teaching researchers about using ConnectomeDB, Connectome Workbench, and the ConnectomeToolbox. Several HCP investigators participated in a well-attended educational course on The Connectome at OHBM 2011.
- Help Desk and Connectome-User group. A Connectome Help Desk and user group mailing list will be established to provide rapid responses to users who encounter technical difficulties or need guidance in using ConnectomeDB, Connectome Workbench, and other HCP tools.