A ‘Wikipedia’ for neurons

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have used data mining to create neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing the decades worth of physiological data collected about the billions of neurons in the brain.  The site aims to help accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing this “brain big data.”  A description of the data available and some of the analyses that can be performed using the site are published online by the Journal of Neurophysiology.  The neurons in the brain can be divided into approximately 300 different types based on their physical and functional properties. The data is scattered across tens of thousands of papers in the scientific literature.