Databasing the brain

Workshop - Oslo, June 25 – 27, 2006



The Workshop will make use of two primary formats for interactions: Panels and Scientific sessions

The Panels will have short presentations (3-4 slides, 5 minutes) and structured discussions.

The Scientific sessions will have talks of 15 minutes, with each speaker taking a starting point in neuroscience questions and challenges, and searching to exemplify how databases have assisted, or may assist, in solving these problems.

Speakers presenting existing database applications will be asked to focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Interoperability: what are the other resources that can be integrated with their application? Does such integration currently exist? What are the bottlenecks?
  • Community interaction: who are the users and data contributors? What are the rules that apply to the given application? What is the community response?
  • Sustainability: what are the challenges for their exemplified applications?
  • Role of journals: what, if any, relationship exists between the exemplified applications and journals?
  • Role of companies: what are the improvements that could be made in commercial software for data acquisition and analysis that would facilitate standardizations and more efficient databasing.

Speakers who do not primarily present existing databases will be asked to insert remarks to how databases could help their field and to what the initial steps could be.

Overall, emphasis will be on the discussions in the sessions as well as in the breaks between each session.