Data sharing in neuroscience - Challenges and opportunities for moving neuroscience towards open and FAIR.

IMB Distinguished Seminar by professor Maryann Martone.

Professor Maryann Martone, Department of Neuroscience, University of California San Diego, USA. (Photo: Force11)

The launch of several international large brain projects indicates that we are still far from understanding the brain at even a basic level, let alone being able to intervene meaningfully in most degenerative, psychiatric and traumatic brain disorders.  Such projects reflect the idea that neuroscience needs to be placed on a more data-rich, computational footing to address the inherent complexity of the nervous system.  But should we just be looking towards big science to produce comprehensive and integrated data and tools?  What about the thousands of studies conducted by individual investigators and small teams, so called “long tail data"?  In this presentation, I will discuss perspectives and tools for moving neuroscience towards open and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable), highlighting our experiences in building and maintaining the Neuroscience Information Framework and other related projects.  I will also provide an example of work underway in the spinal cord Injury community to come together around the sharing and integration of long tail data. 

About the speaker

Maryann Martone received a BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and a Ph. D. in neuroscience in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience. Her background is in neuroanatomy, particularly light and electron microscopy, and neuroinformatics. Martone is principal investigator of the Neuroinformatics Framework project, a US national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience, and the NIDDK Information Network.  Her work focuses on data and knowledge integration. She has been the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) and remains active. Martone is past president of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship, a co-founder of SciCrunch.com and Director of Biosciences for Hypothesis, a non-profit developing technology to annotate the web.

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Published Feb. 14, 2018 4:51 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2018 11:54 AM