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Candidate standard

The SPARC data structure is a consistent file structure and naming convention, based on the Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) to ensure that the diverse types of data in SPARC is organized in a similar manner. The current version is SDS 2.0 (released June 24, 2022).

Call for community review of SPARC Data Structure - deadline August 15, 2023.
Review and comment


SPARC Portal
Navigating SPARC Datasets


SPARC Data Structure: Rationale and Design of a FAIR Standard for Biomedical Research Data (bioRxiv)

Supporting software

Supporting Software

Usage scenario

SPARC datasets span many different fields, including anatomy, physiology, and modeling and simulation. Some example uses:

  • Understand the structure and function of the vagus nerve
  • iWAT (inguinal White Adipose Tissue) sympathetic innervation circuit pseudorabies viral tracing in reporter mice contributed by Muenzberg et al. (2021) DOI: 10.26275/mhq6-csy1
  • Visualizing sympathetic projections in the intact brown adipose tissue depot in the mouse contributed by Seoeun Lee and Lori Zeltser (2020) DOI: 10.26275/ge74-ypxd
  • Identification of peripheral neural circuits that regulate heart rate using optogenetic and viral vector strategies by Hanna et al. (2021) DOI:10.26275/0ce8-cuwi.