Volume 10 Supplement 1
The HoneyBee Standard Brain (HSB) – a versatile atlas tool for integrating data and data exchange in the neuroscience community
© Rybak et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 July 2009
The neuronal anatomy of the bee brain can be visualized through 3D reconstructions using an ontology those surface-based reconstructions are organized hierarchically into structures and substructures. The ontology also contains relations between the structures and is further linked to our surfaces. By means of the structured and information enhanced data we are able to create semi-automatic effective visualizations . In cooperation with the German Neuroinformatics Node (G-Node, http://www.g-node.org) the HSB will be integrated into a new honeybee brain platform for sharing data, models and tools in order to spur scientific productivity across experimental and theoretical disciplines. The future challenge will be to integrate anatomical reference and morphological reconstructions with electrophysiological, imaging and molecular (e.g. gene expression) data in a meaningful and flexible manner. The currently developed ontology tools will play a central role in achieving our goals. Ultimately, this will allow the user to specify a certain cell type in order to retrieve morphologies along with a physiological characterization and related models. In the ideal situation different types of physical data, morphology and physiological recordings, exist for the very same neuron .
Daniel Münch for providing morphological data in Figure 1.
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