Standards and best practices

INCF supports the development of community standards and best practices for neuroscience that promote the FAIR principles.

We provide a process for endorsement of community standards or best practices (SBPs), where existing ones or the development of new ones can be proposed. Financial support is available to working groups associated with INCF that develop new standards and best practices or that extends existing standards and best practices to support additional data types. These working groups are approved by the INCF Council for Training, Science & Infrastructure (CTSI).

A list of current of endorsed SBPs can be found here.

Working groups are formed from within INCF Special Interest Groups (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.

The process is managed by the INCF Secretariat and an SBP subcommittee appointed by the CTSI. Proposals can be submitted by a community member in one of the INCF Governing or Associate Nodes, but can originate from any community member. A key step in the endorsement process is a review by the public. Final proposals are reviewed for endorsement by the CTSI. Endorsed standards and best practices are made available on and promoted to the community, to journals, and to funders through INCF outreach efforts. A full description of the vetting and endorsement process can be found here.

For questions regarding SIGs, working groups, or how to get in touch with a Node representative with the purpose of proposing an SBP, contact Malin Sandström.

INCF supports the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles, and adherence to them is a requirement for an INCF-endorsed standard or best practice.  Proposed SBPs also require letters of support from at least one independent community member or organization. Support letters should also state intention to adopt the SBP or show that the SBP has already been adopted.

Proposing existing standards and best practices

Propose working group to develop a new standard or best practice

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International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility Review Criteria for Endorsement of Standards and Best Practices
Approved: July 10, 2018
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2535741
Developed by:  The Standards and Best Practices Committee
International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility