INCF SIG on Standardised Representations of Network Structures

This SIG deals with the various tools and formats for creating and sharing representations of biological neuronal networks, and will work towards ensuring these are as interoperable and usable as possible for computational neuroscientists.

Contact info


Current members

  • Anton Arkhipov, Allen Institute, USA
  • Tom Close, Monash University, Australia
  • Sharon Crook, Arizona State University, USA
  • Kael Dai, Allen Institute, USA
  • Andrew Davison, UNIC, CNRS, France
  • Lia Domide, Codemart, Romania & Aix-Marseille Université, France
  • Salvador Durá-Bernal, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, USA
  • Viktor Jirsa, Aix-Marseille Université, France
  • Padraig Gleeson, University College London, UK
  • Sacha van Albada, Jülich Research Centre, Germany
  • Marmaduke Woodman, Aix-Marseille Université, France


About this SIG

The motivation for this SIG is the ongoing development of complex data-driven models of neuronal networks, as well as the emergence of general purpose software packages and standardised formats to make it easier to build, specify and share such networks. To encourage researchers to use these common tools and formats (and ultimately create and disseminate higher quality models) we have gathered together developers creating these packages to share code and ideas, to encourage interoperability and have a forum for users and developers to find out about the state of the art and to contribute to a better ecosystem of tools and standards in this area.

Goals and Outcomes

The short term goals focus on highlighting and promoting existing open source initiatives working with network representations. These include, but are not limited to:

Practical steps will include making sure these are compatible and interoperable where appropriate.

Longer term goals including working towards minimising overlap in functionality/scope, adding other open tools/formats to the interoperability framework and ensuring the use of these (particularly low level declarative formats) are as transparent and as user friendly as possible for the modeller.

Upcoming activities

Workshop “Developing, standardising and sharing large scale cortical network models” at CNS 2018 in Seattle: