The Allen Institute for Brain Science is taking the first major scientific step to create a searchable standards database for the brain with the launch of the Allen Cell Types Database.
The first release includes information on just 240 neurons out of hundreds of thousands in the mouse visual cortex, with a focus on the electrophysiology of those individual cells: the electrical pulses that tell a neuron to fire, initiating a pattern of neural activation that results in perception and action.
To help scientists make sense of this “brain big data,” researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons.
The site will help to accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing data on neuronal function.
NeuroVault.org: A web-based repository for collecting and sharing unthresholded statistical maps of the human brain,
NeuroVault allows researchers to store, share, visualize, and decode statistical maps of the human brain. NeuroVault is easy to use and leverages the power of the Neurosynth database to provide cognitive decoding of deposited maps.