Modern experimental neuroscience is producing huge amounts of data at a rapidly increasing pace, with population recordings using multielectrode arrays and imaging and simultaneous behavioural data together with transcriptomics and anatomical reconstructions. While these data are useful to those who obtain them in the original studies, their value is magnified when they are shared in accessible formats with the wider community for use in new studies, and to investigate brain function from different perspectives. To facilitate this, many groups are developing tools, standardised languages and databases to help specify, analyse, visualise and share such data sets.
NeuroDataShare 2023 brought together experimental neuroscientists, those developing solutions for standardising and sharing data and those who wished to reuse, reanalyse and gain new insight into publicly shared datasets.
The meeting consisted of a 2 day workshop of scientific presentations (Mon 20th & Tues 21st Feb 2023) at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre from leading neuroscientists who are generating data of different types across multiple scales, who were faced with issues of how to disseminate their output to other researchers. Scientific talks were complemented by presentations from those developing the infrastructure to standardise and share data, and there were be discussions on the challenges and opportunities of greater data sharing in neuroscience.
The second part of the meeting was a smaller, more focussed 2 day hackathon (Wed 22nd & Thus 23rd Feb 2023) where PhD students, postdocs and PIs got hands on demonstrations to get their data into standardised formats, including Neurodata Without Borders, as well as help with sharing the data on the Open Source Brain platform.
The workshop was made possible by generous support of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.