[Neuroimaging] JSON-LD and DICOM?

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 12:27:16 EDT 2017

Hi Chris,

On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Chris Gorgolewski
<krzysztof.gorgolewski at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:58 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I think that is partly because of the relative opacity of the
>> extension formats.  Even a small binary format needs some software in
>> your language to unpack it in a reliable way.  Because it takes this
>> work to look at the information, people often don't bother to check if
>> the information is what they want, and just throw it away.  That's the
>> big advantage of text files and text formats - they can just open the
>> file in text editor to have a look if the information is useful.
> This point of view is was also brought up when discussing storing metadata
> in a sidecar file vs. the header in context of BIDS. With a plain text file
> the barriers to viewing and editing metadata are lower (there are more
> editors that can do it), but having linked files means that you cannot copy
> them individually. Would love to hear more opinions on the topic.

Doesn't the NIfTI JSON extension give you both, more or less?  You can
view with a text editor, and it keeps the data and metadata together.

See you,


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