European Month of the Brain 2013 Lecture: Sean Hill
Global collaborative neuroscience: Building the brain from big data
Professor Sean Hill
Executive Director, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and Adjunct Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Neuroscience data is highly diverse and fragmented as it is produced worldwide in thousands of different laboratories and facilities. Neuroinformatics aims to enable integration of this data across all levels and scales of neuroscience to help understand the brain and treat disease: Thus, Neuroinformatics entails the development of standards and infrastructure for data acquisition, storage, provenance, sharing, publishing, analysis, visualization, modeling and simulation.
Prof. Hill will discuss how the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) together with its 17 member countries coordinates a collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience and manages scientific programs that develops standards and tools for data sharing, analysis, modeling, and simulation to improve insight into brain function in health and disease. He will also discuss INCF's latest development, the INCF Dataspace, which has been developed to provide a collaborative research infrastructure to support neuroscientists share data, text, images, sounds, movies, models, and simulations.