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Special Interest Groups

INCF Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are composed of users and developers from across the INCF network working collaboratively to develop, refine, and/or implement community standards. WGs represent short-term projects that aim to achieve a concrete deliverable. The SIGs also serve as forums for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices. All community members are welcome to be SIG members, regardless of their location in the world. INCF gives support with group communications, coordination between groups, and assistance with logistics and outreach.

Call for 2020 INCF Special Interest Groups

INCF is calling for community proposals for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to be formed or renewed in early 2020. The call is open both to new and existing INCF SIGs.

From January 2018 onward, INCF has refocused its mission to more clearly promote the creation and uptake of standards and best practices in neuroscience, as applied to tools and infrastructure, and to set up an endorsement process for new and existing standards and best practices. SIGs have an important role in this process, as community-initiated groups where users and developers can meet to align interests, set up working groups and work collaboratively to develop, refine, and implement new community standards and best practices (SBPs) to be proposed for endorsement. The SIGs also serve as the focus for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices. The minimum number of participants is two people - one chair and a co-chair - and SIGs of that size must have a plan for recruiting more members. 

SIGs should aim to hold regular meetings, take meeting notes, and report to the INCF Secretariat three times per year. They should also plan one meeting per year at the Assembly or another community meeting, open to interested participants. 

INCF provides SIGs with 

  • Meeting venue for in-person meetings at the INCF Assembly

  • Financial support for hackathons if based in and held in conjunction with an INCF governing node 

  • Web presence on incf.org

  • Videoconferencing system

  • Communications support: circulate announcements, recruit members, etc...

Note that the submitter is assumed to also be the SIG chair/leader, unless otherwise stated. Any questions can be directed to Mathew Abrams (mathew@incf.org)

How we work with community to develop standards

INCF encourages community members to find others with a compatible area of interest, and to join up in Special Interest Groups  to coordinate community around a research area, tool or resource.

In SIGs, users and developers can connect with community members in the same and nearby fields, and collaboratively work to develop, refine and implement community standards and best practices. 

The SIGs also serve as the focus for getting agreement and community buy-in on the use of these standards and best practices. In doing this, they will represent and further the INCF mission; to advance data reuse and reproducibility in brain research through the development of FAIR community standards and best practices as applied to tools and infrastructure.

All community members are welcome to be SIG members, regardless of their location in the world. The INCF Secretariat gives support with group communications, coordination between groups, and assistance with logistics and outreach.

INCF also offers funding for working groups (WGs), focused groups of researchers focused on developing or extending an existing standard. Working groups can be formed from within INCF SIGs or independently to accomplish a specific mission or task with designated deliverables, milestones, and timeframes based on the INCF standards and best practices development processes. Proposals to form a Working Group must be made to the CTSI by an INCF Node member; the Secretariat can help make the connection.