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The neuroscience information framework: a data and knowledge environment for neuroscience.

Neuroinformatics | Sep 12, 2008

With support from the Institutes and Centers forming the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, we have designed and implemented a new initiative for integrating access to and use of Web-based neuroscience resources: the Neuroscience Information Framework. The Framework arises from the expressed need of the neuroscience community for neuroinformatic tools and resources to aid scientific inquiry, builds upon prior development of neuroinformatics by the Human Brain Project and others, and directly derives from the Society for Neuroscience's Neuroscience Database Gateway. Partnered with the Society, its Neuroinformatics Committee, and volunteer consultant-collaborators, our multi-site consortium has developed: (1) a comprehensive, dynamic, inventory of Web-accessible neuroscience resources, (2) an extended and integrated terminology describing resources and contents, and (3) a framework accepting and aiding concept-based queries. Evolving instantiations of the Framework may be viewed at , , and other sites as they come on line.

Pubmed ID: 18946742 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Academic Medical Centers | Access to Information | Animals | Computational Biology | Databases as Topic | Humans | Internet | Meta-Analysis as Topic | National Institutes of Health (U.S.) | Neurosciences | Software | United States

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Neuroscience Information Framework

Dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources including data, materials, and tools to advance neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. Resource providers may make their resources accessible through the NIF and offers a variety of methods for making resources searchable through the NIF. NIF has a comprehensive vocabulary for annotating and searching neuroscience resources. For more information or to recommend a resource, follow the link to Register Your Resource (, or send us an e-mail at curation (at) Collaborating institutions working on the current version of NIF include University of California, San Diego, California Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Yale University Medical College, and Washington University.


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NIF Blog

Blog put out by the Neuroscience Information Framework covering a variety of neuroscience related topics including topics encountered by the Neuroscience Information Framework as a project.


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