[Comp-neuro] Seeking community input for Neurodata Without Borders

Jeff Teeters jteeters at berkeley.edu
Wed Aug 13 05:56:44 CEST 2014

Dear Colleague,

The Neurodata Without Borders (NWB) project has just started. The project
goal is to build a common data format for neurophysiology data from Allen
Brain Institute, Janelia Farm and two labs from NYU and Caltech.  Although
focusing on a limited set of use cases, the project also aims to develop
products that will serve the broader community.

At this point we would like to solicit community input about
ideas/approaches for designing a generalizable neurophysiology data format.
If you are interested in contributing to this project, please review the
project description at:
and fill out the questionnaire:

On the basis of the questionnaire responses and ensuing communication, we
will organize the first hackathon meeting of the project, to be held November
20 – 22, 2014 (just after SfN) at Janelia Farm, in Ashburn, Virginia.  At
this hackathon we will discuss in detail the requirements for a common
format based on the project use cases and also discuss, compare and
evaluate alternative techniques for implementing the common format.

More information about the project is available in a recent press release:

Please forward this email to anyone you know with relevant expertise who
may be interested in contributing to this project.

Thank you,
Fritz Sommer and Jeff Teeters
Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
UC Berkeley
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