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NIX

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Candidate standard
RRID
RRID:SCR_016196
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Neuroscience information exchange format (NIX) data model allows storing fully annotated scientific datasets, i.e. the data together with rich metadata and their relations in a consistent, comprehensive format. Its aim is to achieve standardization by providing a common data structure and APIs for a multitude of data types and use cases, focused on but not limited to neuroscience. In contrast to most other approaches, the NIX approach is to achieve this flexibility with a minimum set of data model elements. The NIX project includes native I/O libraries for C++ and Python, language bindings for Java and MATLAB and a viewer for NIX datafiles.

Learn more: http://g-node.github.io/nix

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TrainingSpace lectures
Publications
NIX webpage

Similar Standards

NWB:N 2.0, NEO, NSDF

Supporting software

Usage scenario
  • For electrophysiology, use NIX to store analog signals, neural events, and spike trains data
  • If you are looking for a file format based on the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF5). Neither the data model nor the model for metadata are domain-specific to electrophysiology, but both models can be linked to predefined or custom terminologies which enables the user to give elements of the models a domain-specific, semantic context.