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Thursday, September 26 • 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Keynote: Maryann Martone on "Neuroscience as an open, FAIR and citable discipline"

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The launch of several international large brain projects indicates that we are still far from understanding the brain at even a basic level, let alone being able to intervene meaningfully in most degenerative, psychiatric and traumatic brain disorders. Such projects reflect the idea that neuroscience needs to be placed on a more data-rich, computational footing to address the inherent complexity of the nervous system. But should we just be looking towards big science to produce comprehensive and integrated data and tools? What about the thousands of studies conducted by individual investigators and small teams, so called “long tail data"? How does the regular practice of neuroscience need to change to address grand challenges in brain science?

Across the breadth of academia, researchers are defining new modes of scholarship designed to take advantage of 21st century technology for linking and distributing information. Principles, best practices and tools for networked scholarship are emerging. Chief among these is the move towards open science, making the products of research as open as possible to ensure their broadest use. Second, increased recognition that research outputs should not only include journal articles and books, but data, tools and workflows. Third, that research outputs should be FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable-the characteristics required for making digital objects maximally useful for both humans and machines. FAIR encompasses the agreement upon and use of community standards for data exchange. Finally, that citation and credit systems be redesigned to reflect the broadening of scientific output.

In this presentation, I will discuss the community and technical infrastructure for moving neuroscience towards an open, FAIR and citable science, highlighting our experiences in building and maintaining the Neuroscience Information Framework and other related projects. I will also provide an example of work underway in the spinal cord Injury community to come together around the sharing and integration of long tail data.

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Maryann Martone

UC San Diego
Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in Biological Psychology and Ancient Greek and her Ph. D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. She is a professor Emerita at UCSD, but still maintains an active laboratory and  currently serves as the... Read More →

Thursday September 26, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm PDT
Kon Tiki Room