What is the Brain Commons?
Community + Data + Tools
The BRAIN Commons empowers the global research community by providing access to multi-model data, state-of-the-art tools and a secure interoperable system for data sharing.
We are entering a new era in brain research, driven by powerful data acquisition technologies generating multi-modal data at all spatial scales, coupled with a dramatic evolution in the cost of computing. To meet the challenges associated with brain health research, a paradigm shift is required that adapts our existing data analysis toolsets and data management processes to integrate massively multi-dimensional data to facilitate holistic modeling of the brain and its organization.
The BRAIN Commons represents a next-generation digital ecosystem that is uniquely able to meet today’s data analysis challenges facing brain researchers.
In order to maintain brain health, we must gain a profoundly deeper understanding of the brain’s trajectory through its lifespan, including the perturbations that represent disorder, disease and dysfunction as well as resiliency. The BRAIN Commons’ innovative integration of Data, Tools and Community will make this possible.
The Brain Commons implements best practices for data sharing:
Findable. Accessible. Interoperable. Reusable. (FAIR)
The BRAIN Commons is designed for people that want to:
- Safeguard and protect data integrity & privacy
- Securely store and access large (petabyte) cohort multi-modal data sets from numerous studies
- Leverage deeply phenotyped, curated and harmonized data that expedites analysis and discovery
- Access and run advanced, best-in-class analytic tools and pipelines to support cross-study and cross-disease research
- Remove data-sharing hurdles and collaborate with R&D Peers across Industry, Academia, Government and Nonprofits
- Contribute to hypothesis generation, data exploration, replication, validation and systems- modeling for brain health
- Contribute to a sustainable solution that leverages scalable infrastructure and shared maintenance costs
How the BRAIN Commons works