, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 08 Dec 2012

Global Neuroscience: Distributing the Management of Brain Knowledge Worldwide

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A frequent hot topic in neuroscience is the need for and challenge of thorough knowledge annotation.

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Expressing knowledge in machine-readable format is a common goal of many if not all domains of modern science. The unsurpassed complexity of the nervous system makes this goal particularly arduous in neuroscience. The difficulty is amplified by the often-discussed multitude of relevant scales and data types,

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from neurons

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to whole brain imaging,

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