On October 25, the INCF SBP committee voted to endorse Neo as a standard, with standard number INCFSN-22-02.
Neo is an object model for handling electrophysiology data in multiple formats. It is suitable for representing data acquired from electroencephalographic, intracellular, or extracellular recordings, or generated from simulations.
Mark Alan Musen, professor of Biomedical Informatics and of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University points out in Nature that without appropriate metadata, shared data cannot be reused and data-sharing mandates will be pointless.
INCF is asking for your help to review the Neo object model for electrophysiology data, to assess its value as a community standard. Participating is simple; read the INCF SBP committee review report on F1000 and leave your feedback in the comments!
A new "Perspective" in Frontiers describes BIDS-Microscopy, an extension of the INCF-endorsed standard BIDS for microscopy data. The extension is included in the latest release of BIDS (1.7.0) as BEP031.
BIDS is a standard prescribing a formal way to name and organize MRI data and metadata. The early development of BIDS was originated and supported by INCF as a part of its Neuroimaging Datasharing Task Force activities, and it was the first standard to be formally endorsed by INCF
On January 25, the INCF Standards and Best Practices committee endorsed the MBF neuromorphological file format v 4.0, as a standard. It is commonly known as “Neurolucida XML” and is used for digital reconstruction & modeling structure for microscopic anatomies.
Developing standards requires both community coordination and consensus. Standards must also have governance structures to ensure sustainability, in addition to continued development to stay relevant and useful. Successful standards development and adoption requires collaborative channels for the community to identify common problems and find potential solutions - the INCF Assembly is intended to build productive communities around neuroscience standards.
The Five Recommendations for FAIR Software aim to encourage the greater adoption of FAIR principles by providing a set of starting recommendations that researchers can use to improve the quality, reach, and reproducibility of their software.
Members of the community are asked to provide feedback on the DAQCORD Guidelines - a framework for achieving high-quality data by providing a descriptive system for planning and reporting observational studies. This is a part of INCF’s Standards and Best Practices review process to ensure the best practice being reviewed provides value to the community.