With the emergence of brain research initiatives around the world, the need for standards to facilitate neuroscience data sharing is growing. A crucial first step will be to establish a minimal metadata standard that allows the discovery of and access to similar or related data sets. This will be a key element of an open neuroscience-data ecosystem in which data is valued, preserved and reused.
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Human Brain Project (HBP) minimal metadata schema
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Minimum Information About a Proteomics Experiment (MIAPE)
Neurodata Without Borders (NWB)
Neuroimaging Data Model (NIDM)
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Hill, S. How do we know what we know? Discovering neuroscience data sets through minimal metadata. Nat Rev Neurosci 17, 735–736 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrn.2016.134