INCF Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are composed of users and developers from across the INCF network working collaboratively to develop, refine, and/or implement community standards. WGs represent short-term projects that aim to achieve a concrete deliverable. The SIGs also serve as forums for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices. All community members are welcome to be SIG members, regardless of their location in the world. INCF gives support with group communications, coordination between groups, and assistance with logistics and outreach.
How we work with community to develop standards
INCF encourages community members to find others with a compatible area of interest, and to join up in Special Interest Groups to coordinate community around a research area, tool or resource.
In SIGs, users and developers can connect with community members in the same and nearby fields, and collaboratively work to develop, refine and implement community standards and best practices.
The SIGs also serve as the focus for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices. In doing this, they will represent and further the INCF mission; to advance data reuse and reproducibility in brain research through the development of FAIR community standards and best practices as applied to tools and infrastructure.
All community members are welcome to be SIG members, regardless of their location in the world. The INCF Secretariat gives support with group communications, coordination between groups, and assistance with logistics and outreach.
INCF also offers funding for working groups (WGs), focused groups of researchers focused on developing or extending an existing standard. Working groups can be formed from within INCF SIGs or independently to accomplish a specific mission or task with designated deliverables, milestones, and timeframes based on the INCF standards and best practices development processes. Proposals to form a Working Group must be made to the CTSI by an INCF Node member; the Secretariat can help make the connection.