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      Data management to support reproducible research

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          We describe the current state and future plans for a set of tools for scientific data management (SDM) designed to support scientific transparency and reproducible research. SDM has been in active use at our MRI Center for more than two years. We designed the system to be used from the beginning of a research project, which contrasts with conventional end-state databases that accept data as a project concludes. A number of benefits accrue from using scientific data management tools early and throughout the project, including data integrity as well as reuse of the data and of computational methods.

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            LORIS: a web-based data management system for multi-center studies

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                1502.06900

                Quantitative & Systems biology

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