, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 15-47

Brain architecture management system

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The nervous system can be viewed as a biological computer whose genetically determined macrocircuitry has two basic classes of parts: gray matter regions interconnected by fiber pathways. We describe here the basic features of an online knowledge management system for storing and inferring relationships between data about the structural organization of nervous system circuitry. It is called the Brain architecture management system (BAMS; http://brancusi.usc.edu/bkms) and it stores and analyzes data specifically concerned with nomenclature and its hierarchical taxonomy, with axonal connections between regions, and with the neuronal cell types that form regions and fiber pathways.