The Inventory of Brain Projects Working Group seeks to release a resource that will aggregate data for the funded projects, funding opportunities, and resources created by the various nationally-sponsored brain projects that comprise the International Brain Initiative. Scientists and funding bodies from around the globe will use the Inventory to discover and record research projects, tools, and collaborators. In order to continue to develop and define a resource that provides the most utility to our community, the Inventory Working Group is conducting a "soft launch" for the platform.
This soft launch phase will allow the Working Group and other IBI participants to review the originally stated use cases and scope of the project. Currently, the IBI Inventory contains data from the EU Human Brain Project, the US BRAIN Initiative, and the Japan Brain/MINDS project.
The National Science Foundation, a participant in the US BRAIN Initiative, funded the workshop Developing a Global Inventory of Brain Initiatives with grant DBI-1822398. Melina Hale and Patrick Hof, Inventory Working Group members and Principal Investigators on the grant, organized a workshop of neuroscientists from 13 different countries with a broad but deep range of interests and experience in neuroscience. The workshop, with additional support from The Kavli Foundation, took place July 23rd and 24th, 2018 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. This workshop served to provide input to the International Brain Initiative on the content and structure of the Inventory, with a focus on what types of information about global neuroscience efforts would be most useful for the scientific community to know. Workshop participants contributed their ‘blue-sky’ ideas for Inventory features and use-cases, as well as advised on potential risks associated with inventory development and how to mitigate them. A detailed meeting summary is available here.
A follow-up meeting, the International Brain Initiative Inventory: Best Practices in Systems Implementation Workshop, took place on October 22nd and 23rd, 2018 at the University of California at Irvine. This meeting was co-organized by Working Group members Mike Yassa, Satra Ghosh, and Stephanie Albin and co-funded by the UC Irvine Brain Initiative and The Kavli Foundation. The goal of this workshop was to explore more practically what the minimum set of requirements for the Inventory should be, and how to make the Inventory accessible and useful to the global neuroscience community. The workshop included a series of information blitzes on existing platforms and expertise, which is being used to inform Inventory development. A meeting summary is available here.
A publication summarizing the two workshops is currently under development, with plans for publication in a major neuroscience journal. The Inventory Working Group is currently exploring options for an Inventory platform and welcomes feedback from the global neuroscience community.