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Neurodata Without Borders: Creating a Common Data Format for Neurophysiology

Teeters, Jeffery L. and Godfrey, Keith and Young, Rob and Dang, Chinh and Friedsam, Claudia and Wark, Barry and Asari, Hiroki and Peron, Simon and Li, Nuo and Peyrache, Adrien and Denisov, Gennady and Siegle, Joshua H. and Olsen, Shawn R. and Martin, Christopher and Chun, Miyoung and Tripathy, Shreejoy and Blanche, Timothy J. and Harris, Kenneth and Buzsáki, György and Koch, Christof and Meister, Markus and Svoboda, Karel and Sommer, Friedrich T. (2015) Neurodata Without Borders: Creating a Common Data Format for Neurophysiology. Neuron, 88 (4). pp. 629-634. ISSN 0896-6273. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.025.

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The Neurodata Without Borders (NWB) initiative promotes data standardization in neuroscience to increase research reproducibility and opportunities. In the first NWB pilot project, neurophysiologists and software developers produced a common data format for recordings and metadata of cellular electrophysiology and optical imaging experiments. The format specification, application programming interfaces, and sample datasets have been released.

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Additional Information:© 2015 Elsevier Inc. The Kavli Foundation, General Electric, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the National Science Foundation (grant 0855272), and the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility provided the financial support for conducting the NWB: Neurophysiology pilot project. Janelia Research Campus administered and hosted the two project meetings. The project was heavily dependent on exchanges of the project team with external experts who provided critical input. We thank Jim Berg, Aleena Garner, and Kenji Mitzuseki for sharing experimental data; Jack Waters for help with defining the data model for optophysiology; David Feng and Lydia Ng for support with technical issues of HDF5; and Anton Arkhipov, Tsai-Wen Chen, Saskia De Vries, Severine Durand, Nathan Gouwens, and Zengcai Guo for reviewing the prototype version of the NWB format.
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Official Citation:Jeffery L. Teeters, Keith Godfrey, Rob Young, Chinh Dang, Claudia Friedsam, Barry Wark, Hiroki Asari, Simon Peron, Nuo Li, Adrien Peyrache, Gennady Denisov, Joshua H. Siegle, Shawn R. Olsen, Christopher Martin, Miyoung Chun, Shreejoy Tripathy, Timothy J. Blanche, Kenneth Harris, György Buzsáki, Christof Koch, Markus Meister, Karel Svoboda, Friedrich T. Sommer, Neurodata Without Borders: Creating a Common Data Format for Neurophysiology, Neuron, Volume 88, Issue 4, 18 November 2015, Pages 629-634, ISSN 0896-6273, (
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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