How to get involved in the IQWorks project
Programmers can be fine testers, but non-programmers seem to be able to break programs in new and mysterious ways. The trick here is to learn how to give the best information to the programmers about how to reproduce bugs. A programmer will usually only be able to fix a bug they can see; if you can’t make the programmer see your bug, it won’t get fixed!
Providing feedback on what features are used, and what aren’t is important to developers who may spend a lot of time on a feature they think is important instead of a feature that actually is important.
If you’re a programmer, obviously a good way to help is to start writing useful code :-). Grab the latest git tree and try your hand at one of the outstanding bugs in the bug tracker or something on the enhancement list. We will need:
New analysis algorithms
QA and verification of existing algorithms
Improvement of the GUI etc
Read only clone of git repository: git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/iqworks/code iqworks-code
HTTP version if your firewall blocks the git port: git clone http://git.code.sf.net/p/iqworks/code iqworks-code
Alternatively you can download a zip file of the last released code from http://sf.net/projects/iqworks/files
Documentation is always needed for any project! Even simple things like “Tips and tricks” are a good start. If users can help other users, then the current programmers can spend more of their time getting new developers up to speed. Go over to the Documentation web and get started!
To help improve IQWorks we need to get hold of images of phantoms:
- for different modalities (CT, DR, CR, MRI, RT etc)
- and for the same modality but different models and manufacturers (to iron out DICOM compatibility issues)
You can upload your images to PhantomImages
If you have a phantom that doesn’t have a prebuilt analysis tree, you can help the project by building an analysis tree and donating it to us to distribute with the project. You can upload your analysis trees to AnalysisTrees
The best chance that IQWorks has to grow and become the Radiology/Radiotherapy/NM/MR QA Automated Image Analysis tool of choice is if lots of people use it, tell people about it and acknowledge it in publications.