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Neuroinformatics Assembly 2021 - Program

Program - Week 2

09:00 - 11:30 EDT Session 11: Towards neuroscience-centered selection criteria for data repositories and scientific gateways
icon keynote Chair: Jan Bjaalie, University of Oslo

FAIR requires that the necessary infrastructure in the form of web-accessible repositories is available to neuroscientists for publishing research objects: data, code, and workflows. The objective of this workshop is to bring together representatives from international initiatives working to develop FAIR criteria for data repositories, portals, and scientific gateways to converge on a common set of recommendations for the neuroscience community.

  • Introduction
    Speaker: Jan Bjaalie, University of Oslo 
  • Repository features: looking for convergence
    Speaker: Susanna-Assunta Sansone,  
  • The FORCE11 software citation journey
    Speaker: Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois  
  • Developing the best practices for research software registries and repositories
    Speaker: Tom Morrell, Caltech Library
  • INCF guidelines for data repositories and scientific gateways
    Speaker: Wojtek Goscinski, Monash University
  • COAR Community Framework for Best Practices in Repositories
    Speaker: Kathleen Shearer, COAR 
  • Discussion
    Moderator: Jan Bjaalie, University of Oslo
11:30 - 13:00 EDT BREAK
13:00 - 14:30 EDT Session 12: Publishers & funders roundtable discussion
icon keynote Chair: Sharmila Venugopal, UCLA

Widely used, validated standards and best practices (SBPs) are key to addressing the challenges in both big and small data science, as they are essential for integrating diverse data and for developing a robust, effective, and sustainable infrastructure. The current landscape is characterized both by a lack of robust, validated standards and a plethora of overlapping, underdeveloped, untested, and underutilized standards. The INCF Standards and Best Practices Portfolio is the INCF network’s attempt to fill the need for a community resource that provides the neuroscience community with a catalog of validated SBPs that provides researchers with advice on which SBPs are appropriate for their use cases, links to tools and infrastructure that have implemented the SBPs, and links to training resources that help researchers implement SBPs.

The objective of this workshop is to introduce the neuroscience publishing and funding communities to the INCF Standards and Best Practices Portal and to discuss how the Portal could potentially help these communities implement the principles of FAIR neuroscience.

  • Introduction
    Speaker: Sharmila Venugopal, UCLA
  • INCF Standards and best practices portfolio
    Speaker: Mathew Abrams, INCF Secretariat  
  • Discussion
    Speaker: Moderator: Sharmila Venugopal, UCLA
14:30 - 15:30 EDT Posters & networking
09:00 - 11:00 EDT Posters & networking
11:00 - 13:00 EDT Session 13: What constitutes a good standard for neuroscience
icon keynoteChair: Samir Das, McGill University

Neuroscience needs the means to define and support “community-relevant” standards both for data and metadata. For neuroscience, with its diverse data types, dynamics and scales, such standards need to include the necessary information for understanding what areas of the nervous system were studied and from which structures data were acquired under which conditions.

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with information about the requirements, process, and challenges to developing a standard and getting community adoption.

  • Introduction
    Samir Das, McGill University
  • What constitutes a good standard for neuroscience
    Speaker: Satrajit Ghosh, MIT 
  • Community Adoption Stories
    - RRIDs (Research Resource Identifiers)

    Speaker: Anita Bandrowski, SciCrunch & University of California, San Diego
    - BIDS (Brain Imaging Data Structure)
    Speaker: Julia Guiomar Niso Galán, Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Samir Das, McGill University
13:00 - 15:30 EDT Posters & networking
09:00 - 11:00 EDT Posters & networking
10:00 - 11:30 EDT Session 14: Brain data governance and neurorights
icon keynoteChair: Philipp Kellmeyer, MD, MPhil, University Medical Center Freiburg

The increasing use of neurotechnological devices for basic neuroscience research, clinical applications, but also in the consumer domain, creates substantial ethical and legal challenges for governing the access and use of human brain data collected by these devices. Furthermore, some neurotechnologies, such as AI-based closed-loop brain-computer interfaces, may interfere with a person's mental privacy or mental integrity which has given rise to a debate on the necessity and precise legal framing of neuroprotection laws, also referred to 'neurorights.'

In this interdisciplinary panel discussion, we will explore and discuss the technical, ethical, and legal dimensions of brain data governance and neurorights.

  • Introduction
    Philipp Kellmeyer, University Medical Center Freiburg
  • Title - TBD
    Speaker: Samir Das, McGill University 
  • Title - TBD
    Speaker: Stephen Rainey, University of Oxford
  • Title - TBD
    Speaker: Fruszina Molnár-Gábor, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
  • Discussion
11:30 - 12:45 EDT BREAK
12:45 - 13:00 EDT Closing remarks
Helena Ledmyr, Director, Development & Communication, INCF and Mathew Abrams, Director, Science & Training, INCF
13:00 - 15:10 EDT Session 15: FAIR roadmap workshop
icon keynoteChair: Jean Baptiste Poline, McGill University

The objective of this workshop is to survey the current landscape of FAIR initiatives, to identify available, gaps, and opportunities for collaboration. This workshop will serve as the first in a series of workshops that the INCF CTSI will host during 2021 as part of its efforts to develop a FAIR roadmap for neuroscience.

  • Introduction
    Jean Baptiste Poline, McGill University
  • Go FAIR Initiative
    Speaker: Erik Schultes, Go FAIR Initiative 
  • RDA FAIR for research software (FAIR4RS) working group
    Speaker: Neil Chue Hong and Carlos Martinez, FAIR4RS 
  • FAIRshake
    Speaker: Prof Avi Ma’ayan, FAIRshake 
  • Professionalising FAIR data stewardship: Competences, training and education
    Speaker: Celia van Gelder, Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences
  • Discussion Session
    Objective: identify what is available, gaps, and opportunities for collaboration. These breakout sessions should be considered the initial discussions that will be followed up with separate workshops

    Topics to be developed for the roadmap:

    1. FAIR data
    2. FAIR software
    3. FAIR infrastructure
    4. FAIR publishing
    5. FAIR training
  • Wrap-up
15:10 - 15:30 EDT Posters & networking
09:00 - 11:00 EDT Satellite meeting*
IBI Data standards and Sharing working group
*Invitation only
11:00 - 15:30 EDT Posters & networking