Creating, documenting and sharing network models

Network. 2012;23(4):131-49. doi: 10.3109/0954898X.2012.722743. Epub 2012 Sep 20.


As computational neuroscience matures, many simulation environments are available that are useful for neuronal network modeling. However, methods for successfully documenting models for publication and for exchanging models and model components among these projects are still under development. Here we briefly review existing software and applications for network model creation, documentation and exchange. Then we discuss a few of the larger issues facing the field of computational neuroscience regarding network modeling and suggest solutions to some of these problems, concentrating in particular on standardized network model terminology, notation, and descriptions and explicit documentation of model scaling. We hope this will enable and encourage computational neuroscientists to share their models more systematically in the future.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Documentation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Programming Languages
  • Software*
  • Terminology as Topic*