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Workshop - Oslo, June 25 – 27, 2006


SUNDAY June 25:

19.00 Welcome

19.05 – 19.30 Opening lecture

19.30– 21.00 Panel 1: Global Neuroinformatics Initiatives

Chair: Sten Grillner

This session will provide a background overview of recent science policy developments as well as community driven initiatives addressing coordination in the field of neuroscience databasing. The panel will provide a series of short presentations, identifying characteristics of each initiative. It is the aim to have structured discussions on emerging issues.

21.00 – 23.00 Reception


MONDAY June 26:

08.30 – 10.00 Genes to neurons

Chair: Giorgio Ascoli

10.00 10.30 Coffe break

10.30 – 11.15 Senselab databases: integrated, multidisciplinary models of neurons and neural systems

Chair: Philippe Cupers

11.30 – 12.45 Panel 2: Role of journals in promoting data sharing and supporting databases

Chair: Gordon Shepherd

This session will explore the possible role of journals in providing information about databasing initiatives and in encouraging scientists to share persistent data via databases. While databases represent novel approaches for data sharing and analysis, journals provide the only established mechanism for peer-review and proper referencing of data and interpretations. Mechanisms for publication in journals and simultaneous posting of data in data repositories have been established. Beyond the fields of genomics and proteomics, such mechanisms are rarely used, although examples exist in the brain imaging community. In addition, journals are in a position to communicate and emphasize new developments and encourage the establishment of new routes for the dissemination and sharing of data.The panel will present challenges and problems as well as example success stories where they exist.

12.45 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.00 Neurons to systems

Chair: August Smit

16.15 - 17.30 Panel 3: Preparing data and metadata - role of companies

Chair: Erik De Schutter

This session will explore how the industry (companies producing software and equipment for data acquisition, storage, and data management) can help establish data and metadata formats via interactions with the scientific communities. Standardized data formats and standardized schemes for assigning information to a given data set (experimental conditions, manipulations performed, chemicals used, etc.) represent the basis for any database effort. Future use of data made available via a database can only be successful if a) data of the same category are comparable, b) data of one category is defined in relationship to data of other categories, and c) sufficient amount of metadata is stored. Practical aspects related to data and metadata formats and the annotation of data at the work bench, are therefore of crucial importance for data sharing, tools sharing, and the integration of multiple categories of data.

19.30 Dinner at the Centre for Sustainability, Soria Moria 


TUESDAY June 27:

08.30 – 10.00 Systems to whole brain

Chair: Gary Egan

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 – 11.30 Panels 2 and 3

11.45 – 12.45 The future

Chair: Shiro Usui

12.45 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.30 Panel 4: Recommendations for Global Coordination and Concluding Discussions

Chair: David Van Essen

The aim of this concluding session will be to 1) identify opportunities for interactions among the existing neuroinformatics initiatives, 2) provide suggestions for areas that the new INCF should focus on, including sustainability, and 3) summarize some of the discussions on the primary topics: interoperability and community interaction, role of journals in promoting databasing, and role of companies in facilitating establishment of standards and data sharing.