Neurodata Without Borders: Creating a Common Data Format for Neurophysiology

Neuron. 2015 Nov 18;88(4):629-34. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.025.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / standards*
  • Neurophysiology*
  • Neurosciences
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design / standards
  • Software
  • Software Design*