Exciting developments in neuroscience databases.Two articles: a new database, Neurodatabase.org, and an interesting review of current work going on in the creation of neuroscience databases.
The first article is an advertisement for Neurodatabase.org, an exciting new electrophysiological data repository:
The second is an interesting review of current work going on in the creation of neuroscience databases.
Note especially the work in federating different databases with totally different software and schemas. The BIRN project is working on a system to allow query translation between these various databases, and even ontologies to allow automated inference of which terms in the query correspond to which fields and which objects in the target database.
Some databases mentioned
- Electrophysiological databases
- Imaging databases
- Cell Centered Database (CCDB): 3D structural and protein localization data derived from light and electron microscopy
- Spatially registered databases:
- Federated databases
There’s also two lists of databases (not mentioned in either article, I think) that you should be aware of:
- Daniel Gardner. Neurodatabase.org: networking the microelectrode. Nature Neuroscience 7, 486 – 487 (2004).
- Maryann E Martone, Amarnath Gupta & Mark H Ellisman.
e-Neuroscience: challenges and triumphs in integrating distributed data from molecules to brains. Nature Neuroscience 7, 467 – 472 (2004).