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Presented during the 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'12). Part of the workshop 'New Models and Modes for Data Sharing: Experiences from Neuroscience'. Presented by Jeffrey S. Grethe, Ph.D. from the Center for Research in Biological Systems at the University of California, San Diego.
This workshop featured several large scale efforts to establish data sharing platforms, standards and tools to promote data intensive analysis in the neurosciences. As we head into the second decade of the 21st century, many scientists realize that current methods for publishing and accessing data are outmoded and inefficient. Neuroscience, with its large diverse and highly competitive community, has been slow to adopt more open sharing of data and has lacked effective tools to do so. There has been a significant investment in databases and tools for biological science, and frequent calls for more of them, but few calls to the biological community to adopt practices and frameworks for making their resources more easily discoverable and data more accessible. Data are contained within diverse sources, from web pages, databases, literature to personal lab systems, making for a haphazard mechanism for data and tool discovery. Although these mechanisms are effective for small communities, they are parochial for the totality of resources available, leading to fragmentation in the resource ecosystem. Neuroscience, with its diverse subdisciplines, complex data types and broad domain, presents the perfect exemplar of the current practices, bottlenecks and issues surrounding open access to data. This situation is changing, however, as groups have started to work together to define new models and tools for sharing and analyzing neuroscience data on an international scale. In this workshop, we bring together experts from national and international projects to discuss issues of data access and progress towards establishing platforms and best practices for effective sharing of neuroscience data in support of basic and clinical neuroscience.