The Human Imaging Database (HID) is an extensible database
management system developed to handle the increasingly large and
diverse datasets collected as part of the MBIRN and FBIRN
collaboratories and throughout clinical imaging communities at
The HID system is comprised of the HID Schema (in Oracle and
PostgreSQL), the HID Graphical User Interface enabling the
navigation through the HID and experimental hierarchies, and lastly
the Clinical Assessment Layout Manager (CALM) coupled with General
Assessment Manager Engine to manage and integrate clinical data.
All components of the HID system can be found by clicking the
The complete system is used to manage and query local data at
various research sites within BIRN. In addition to local
operations, the system allows for mediated queries across multiple
federated databases allowing researchers to discover data across
all relevant sites. The current system provides an intuitive and
easy to use clinical and/or derived data complex query builder,
query result export for statistical analysis tools, statistical
analysis of query results through the BIRN Portal, MRI image
preview, conversion and download of the imaging data, as well as
integration with BIRN Portal tools for data management and
manipulation. Additionally, the system is being developed to
provide a complete data management solution where all information
regarding a subject can be maintained. A majority of the source
code is generated from the database schema itself, allowing changes
of the database schema to be reflected in the system easily.
Development of the system continues to be a coordinated and
parallel effort across multiple BIRN sites. The deployed
architecture provides the extensibility, maintainability, security
and parallel development features as demanded by the participating
BIRN sites for building, accessing and maintaining their human
brain imaging and related clinical data.
This latest release contains a new build installation file with
updated PostgreSQL Data-Backup scripts.