Highlights from the Era of Open Source Web-Based Tools

J Neurosci. 2021 Feb 3;41(5):927-936. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1657-20.2020. Epub 2021 Jan 20.


High digital connectivity and a focus on reproducibility are contributing to an open science revolution in neuroscience. Repositories and platforms have emerged across the whole spectrum of subdisciplines, paving the way for a paradigm shift in the way we share, analyze, and reuse vast amounts of data collected across many laboratories. Here, we describe how open access web-based tools are changing the landscape and culture of neuroscience, highlighting six free resources that span subdisciplines from behavior to whole-brain mapping, circuits, neurons, and gene variants.

Keywords: neuroscience; online repositories; open access; open science; open source; web-based tools.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information*
  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Datasets as Topic / trends
  • Gene Regulatory Networks / physiology
  • Humans
  • Internet / trends*
  • Nerve Net / cytology
  • Nerve Net / physiology*
  • Neurons / physiology*