On January 26, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) launched the Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI), to enable better access to and discovery of NIH-funded data among generalist repositories.
An initial effort has now been made by the BICCN network to make the most comprehensive and detailed map ever of any brain area; a map of the motor cortex and the cells it contains. More than 250 persons at more than 45 institutions across 3 continents have studied the area using an array of complementary methods. The resulting 17 papers are now being simultaneously published in Nature.
INCF facilitates open neuroscience by 1) developing, vetting, and promoting FAIR standards and best practices, and 2) providing training in how to implement these standards and best practices on your own research. The purpose is to make neuroscience more open and FAIR, to ensure that research funds and efforts are well invested, and that neuroscientific findings are robust and replicable.
Of course, over here at INCF, every week is open science week -- open neuroscience, to be more specific -- and we believe that all branches of science should be open. Recent history has made it clear that science happens faster when it’s open, and we need science to happen faster than it currently does. Humanity is facing several severe challenges with the changing climate and microorganisms run amok, just to name a few very urgent ones.
A collaboration between French researchers and clinicians has leveraged the BIDS (the Brain Imaging Data Structure) standard for neuroimaging datasets and the tool ecosystem that has developed around BIDS to build an easy-to-use neuroimaging data analysis platform for those who conduct clinical neuroscience studies.
The International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) has received a grant of $200,000 over two years from the Dana Foundation to support development and curation of educational materials in neuroethics for the INCF TrainingSpace.
An NSF-funded multi-investigator collaboration is seeking individuals to help develop a standardized format for exchanging computational models among neuroscience, cognitive science and machine learning.
Do you have an idea for a new project that will contribute to developing neuroscience research infrastructure? Will it also have an impact on the scope of that infrastructure? You should check out The Human Brain Project Calls for Expression of Interest (CEoIs)!
Have you considered membership at INCF? We support, develop & promote standards & best practices to make life easier for neuroscientists. Members get benefits: discounts to events, products & services, funding, & a voice in decisions for global open & FAIR neuro strategies.