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  • JMM Invited Special Sessin on Tensor Representation, Completion, Modeling and Analytics of Complex Data

    Invited special session on "Tensor Representation, Completion, Modeling and Analytics of Complex Data" and would like to invite the INCF Community to submit abstracts for presentations at the upcoming Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Boston, MA, January 4-7, 2023.

  • How does INCF support FAIR research data management in neuroscience?

    One of INCF’s core activities is the endorsement and promotion of already existing community Standards and Best Practices (SBPs). We have working groups developing newSBPs, and/or developing tools that implement SBPs to make them useful for the rest of the community. You can read more about why and how we endorse Standards and Best Practices, and browse our Standards and Best Practices portfolio.

  • What is metadata?

    Having read about the FAIR principles in our last post, you might wonder - what is metadata? Metadata is data that describes other data. It summarizes basic information about data, making it easier to find and work with particular instances of data. To be as useful as possible, metadata needs to be standardized so it can be used and understood by many, and especially by machines.

  • Why are we a FAIR organization?

    Rapid technical development means that neuroscience datasets are growing ever bigger and more complex, which makes them harder to store, analyze and share. However, if data are organized, well defined and well described in a standardized way, computational methods can help.

  • Coming up: International Data Week blog & twitter special

    On June 20-23, the International Data Week conference is taking place in Seoul, South Korea. Simultaneously, the international research data community will take the opportunity to highlight and discuss research data issues publicly, mostly online.

  • Call for community review of Neo

    INCF is asking for your help to review the Neo object model for electrophysiology data, to assess its value as a community standard.

    Neo is an object model for handling electrophysiology data in multiple formats. It is suitable for representing data acquired from electroencephalographic, intracellular, or extracellular recordings, or generated from simulations.

  • INCF/OCNS Software Working Group free tool tutorials, June 27 - July 1

    The INCF/OCNS Software Working Group is hosting a virtual five-day satellite event with neuroscience software tool tutorials on June 27 - July 1, before the CNS*2022 conference.

  • In memoriam: Gordon M. Shepherd (1933-2022)
    The INCF Secretariat and community are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Shepherd: a great supporter of the INCF mission and a much appreciated friend and colleague. Gordon will be sorely missed and his enthusiasm and kindness will live on - he was a truly neuroinformagical person.
  • NeuroDataReHack on NWB datasets

    The Allen Institute OpenScope Program, DANDI Archive, Neurodata Without Borders (NWB), and The Kavli Foundation are joining up to arrange a hackathon for secondary analysis of neurophysiology data on October 3 - 5, 2022 at the Allen Institute.

  • Announcing MATLAB Community Toolbox Training Projects

    This summer, INCF industry member Mathworks will sponsor INCF-supported summer projects for trainees to work on neuroscience-related Community toolboxes. During a trial run last year, four trainees worked with mentors from the toolboxes Automatic Analysis, EEGLAB, FieldTrip  and MatNWB.