We have developed a conforming site strategy that enables any laboratory to communicate with ICBM Standards, protocols, and services have been developed that address the quality and interoperability of data, tools, and analysis procedures. By utilizing these, a conforming site can acquire data that is compatible with other ICBM data, products (e.g., atlases), data bases, analysis tools and procedures. Thus, conforming sites not only gain conformity with ICBM but also with other non-ICBM sites which use these same tools and procedures.
The overarching goal of the CSS is to collect all imaging and
behavioral data, organize and store it electronically. In the
case of imaging data, collecting all data is a relatively straightforward
process (see the section
on protocols); in contrast, the behavioral data is significantly
more complex, both conceptually and practically. In general, the
CSS has been designed with the assumption that, whenever possible,
all behavioral data (raw data and summary scores) will be stored.
The CSS has been designed in a modular fashion, making it highly
flexible and expandable. As such, each behavioral test is implemented
as a separate database module. The following
documents outline the protocols for dat entry, data transfer,
data confidentiality, and quality control.