Enabling an Open Data Ecosystem for the Neurosciences

Neuron. 2016 Nov 2;92(3):617-621. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.10.037.


As the pace and complexity of neuroscience data grow, an open data ecosystem must develop and grow with it to allow neuroscientists the ability to reach for new heights of discovery. However, the problems and complexities of neuroscience data sharing must first be addressed. Among the challenges facing data sharing in neuroscience, the problem of incentives, discoverability, and sustainability may be the most pressing. We here describe these problems and provide potential future solutions to help cultivate an ecosystem for data sharing.

Keywords: data sharing; discoverability; incentives; neuroscience; open data; sustainability.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Neurosciences / trends*