BRAES: Developing Brain Reference Architecture Editorial System for Accumulating Hypotheses on Neural Functionality
Structure-constrained interface decomposition method of Brain Reference Architecture (BRA) approach helps to develop software realizing cognitive and behavioral functions as brain does. This method involves the decomposition of top-level function (TLF) requisite for a task execution according to mesoscopic-level anatomy, mapping the anatomy (BIF: Brain Information Flow) onto computational functionality (HCD: Hypothetical Component Diagram). Like solving a crossword puzzle, applying the method to various tasks can accelerate to reveal entire functionality of the brain at a certain stage, and it can be brought forward by more participation of those who design BRA (BIF/HCD) data. We have developed a platform for submission, review, and publish of data, BRA Editorial System. This platform offers guidelines for the design, submission, and review processes of data. Contributors submit their data with a descriptive text and BRA images. Descriptive text explains hierarchical relationship between TLF and functionality. BIF and HCD image depict the anatomical circuit, and the components and their connections, respectively. Since HCD can be only manually composed, reviewers with expertise (in both neuroscience and engineering) evaluate its validity of the data contents as well as in paper review. Accepted data is registered and published under CC license. Future work is the ontological definition of data format that enables engineers without expertise in neuroscience to review the data.