Multi-modal data at all spatial scales

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Neuroscience data are heterogeneous and multi-dimensional, and it is evident that the volume, speed, and complexity of data is growing beyond the current capacity of existing analytical systems.

High-throughput molecular analyses, as well as neuroimaging and sensor technologies, are generating petabyte-sized datasets daily, and high compute speeds are required for rapid analytics at this scale. Existing environments cannot contend with the scale and diversity of data that will be required for breakthrough discovery at petabyte scale. At this scale, transferring data becomes cost- and time-prohibitive, therefore computation, tools, analysis and researchers have to be moved to the data.

The BRAIN Commons is leveraging what has been learned from the United States National Cancer Institute’s Genomic Data Commons and builds upon those data standards for managing data. This infrastructure allows for a data commons that will scale beyond the petabyte level; is interoperable; and offers co-location of data, storage and computing infrastructure facilitating data harmonization, data analysis and data sharing in the cloud.

We no longer have to move data around; now, we move to the data.

These data will include:

  1. Preclinical Data
  2. Clinical Data
  3. Imaging Data
  4. Electrophysiology Data
  5. Genomic and other Molecular *.omic Data
  6. Digital Health Data
  7. Social Media and other Unstructured Data

Data will be stored in three zones:

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Zone 1 – Public Access

Data designated as Public Access will be accessible to any user once they are a member of the BRAIN Commons.

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Zone 2 – Qualified Access

Data designated as Controlled Access will be accessible to any Authorized user of the BRAIN Commons once the Data Access Committee has received, authenticated and approved a Zone Access Application form.

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Zone 3 – Private Access

Data designated as Exclusive Access will be accessible only to the data contributor and authorized users specifically authorized by the data contributor.

Are you interested in contributing data to the BRAIN Commons? Learn more about How to Participate.

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