NDI: A Database and Data Interface for Neuroscience Physiology and Imaging Experiments that Are Platform-Independent

Author(s): Alexander Ackroyd

Neuroscience Data Interface (NDI) is a platform-independent standard that allows an analyst to use and create software that functions independently of the raw data format or file organization. The interface is based on a simple vocabulary that describes common neuroscience experiment apparatus and storage devices. The relationships and history between the experiment elements and documents are stored as documents in a scalable, query able database that also stores the analyses' results. Applications can focus on calculation rather than data format or organization thanks to the interface's ability to facilitate the creation of an application ecosystem. Individual labs can exchange and analyze data using this tool, and it can also be used to curate neuroscience data for searchable archives.