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XNAT Meeting 2015

On 22 and 23 September 2015 an XNAT meeting is organised in the Erasmus MC. This meeting is aimed at users and developers of systems which interact with XNAT or XNAT itself. The format of this meeting will be a hackathon and has a focus on being productive and building a national developers network for everything related to XNAT. This initiative comes from and is organised by the BBRMI-NL2.0 project. Contact person for this initiative is: Marcel Koek (m.koek@erasmusmc.nl)

The main part of the meeting will take place on the 22nd of September with an tentative day on September 23. Initially this meeting is intended for people working with XNAT in the Netherlands.


BBMRI-NL.2.0 is building a research infrastructure for biobanking activities in the Netherlands. BBMRI-NL2.0 is a merge of three research infrastructures in the life sciences (BBMRI-NL1.0, CTMM-TRAIT and EPI2). In the BBMRI-NL2.0 project (www.bbmri.nl) XNAT is being offered and used for archiving medical images. The image processing and ICT workpackages (WP3 and WP5 resp.) collaborate on setting up, maintaining and developing XNAT and image analysis software which interact with XNAT. In parallel to BBMRI-NL2.0 activities, several institutions have already built their own XNAT solution. A number of solutions which are built within the BBMRI-NL2.0 is actually commonly applicable and could be of use to others outside this collaboration. To share knowledge about XNAT a community has to be build.

This meeting is aimed at providing a platform for such a community. The format will be getting hands on with solving problems, and also for sharing thoughts on the future directions and vision as well. So the aimed audience is very broad, from scientific programmers to work package leaders and everything in between who are implementing XNAT in their projects.


To have a productive meeting we need to pool as much expertise as we can get together and come up with solutions for problems we encounter during our work with XNAT. It is helpful to define small projects up front. The projects are defined by (1) what the problem is and (2) the proposed plan to solve the problem. The projects are not limited to programming projects, it can very well be a project to discuss feature directions, or have brainstorms on next project proposals, etc...


September 22, 2015: This day is divided in two tracks, a hackathon and a vision/policy track.

Hackathon track Vision/policy track
9:00 Welcome (Marcel Koek)
9:10 Introductory talk (Daniel Bos)
9:30 - 10:00 Project pitches (Everyone)
10:00 - 12:30 Hacking, discussing, etc... BBMRI WP3/WP5 vision (Aad van der Lugt, Jan Willem Boiten, Wiro Niessen)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Get working again General XNAT vision and data policy discussion (unconferencing format; Daniel Bos and Annegreet van Opbroek)
17:00 Wrap up (Everyone)
18:30 Have dinner together (for who is interested of course ;)

September 23, 2015 This day is tentative and can be used to continue working on project and wrapping things up.

9:00 Update meeting
... Continue working on projects
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Get working again
15:30 Pitches of the results and wrap up
16:00 Drinks!

Projects and Topics

A number of projects and topics which can be discussed during the meeting.


Name Affiliation
Aad van der Lugt Erasmus MC
Annegreet van Opbroek Erasmus MC
Arne Hoffman VUmc
Bart Hoekstra UMCU
Chantal Steegers VUmc
Daniel Bos Erasmus MC
Erik Meijering Erasmus MC
Erik van Iperen Durrer Center
Erwin Vast Erasmus MC
Erwin Winder UMCG
Hakim Achterberg Erasmus MC
Jan-Willem Boiten CTMM TraIT
Joeri van der Velde UMCG
Jonathan Passerat-Palmbach Imperial College London
Joost van Kempen Radboud UMC
Jordi Huguet AMC
Marcel Koek Erasmus MC
Mark Titulaer UMCU
Michèle Huijberts LUMC
Nils Kohn Donders Institute
Peter Walgemoed Carelliance
Pieter Buur Spinoza Centre
Rahil Shahzad LUMC
Rembrandt Bakker Donders Institute
René Mandl UMCU
Roelant Eijgelaar NKI
Ronald Borra UMCG
Ryan Muetzel Erasmus MC
Stefan Klein Erasmus MC
Wiro Niessen Erasmus MC