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Advanced 3D visualisation of detailed neuronal models using the Open Source Brain repository and interaction with other neuroinformatics resources
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- Published: 8 July 2013
- Open Source Software
- Neuronal Model
- Version Control
- Computational Neuroscience
- Additional Software
With the ever increasing complexity of models and applications used in computational neuroscience it is becoming clear that no one researcher or lab can produce and maintain detailed models which are applicable to a wide range of research questions, and can be used across the diverse tools available for simulation and analysis. A more collaborative approach to neuronal model development, inspired by the success of the open source software movement, is required . The Open Source Brain repository (OSB, http://www.opensourcebrain.org) is being developed to enable researchers to collaboratively develop computational models of cells and networks which are well tested and documented and can be run across multiple simulators. This is enabled through the use of advanced distributed version control technologies and by converting the models to open, standardised formats like NeuroML , allowing the models to be used by the increasing range of simulators and other applications in the NeuroML "ecosystem". The current version of OSB contains models from diverse brain regions including neocortex and cerebellum, invertebrate models as well as more abstract cell and network models. OSB complements existing model archives which have traditionally concentrated on providing snapshots of published models. The cell, ion channel, synapse and network models in OSB develop over time to ensure they reflect known physiology and best practices in modelling. OSB users can comment on/extend/help to debug any model as well as contribute their own.
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