Adding Data to Flywheel
Data can be automatically or manually uploaded to Flywheel. Flywheel can often connect directly to the experimental device, such as a MRI scanner, to import data as soon as the experiment is finished. If this functionality is not available for your experiment, or if you have historical data, it can be loaded manually in several ways.
When available, having a Flywheel Reaper is the most effective way to get data into Flywheel. During the experimental setup, the Flywheel Group, Project, and Subject information will be entered in such a way that such that the reaper knows how to organize the acquired data in Flywheel.
If a reaper is not available or if you have historical data, there are several ways to manually upload data into Flywheel.
The Upload option on the Sidebar allows a user to upload a collection of DICOM files from your local drive. This works well for a single acquisition or small sessions. However, even modern browsers make loading large files and folders this way difficult. If you're loading large projects with many sessions or subjects, we highly recommend using other methods.
Command Line Interface
Flywheel's Command Line Interface (CLI) can be installed on MacOS, Linux, and Windows systems and provides a much more reliable way to import large amounts of data. It has a variety of flexible methods to import the data without needing to change how it is stored your local drive. A more detailed guide to importing data with the CLI is available.