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  Welcome to BrainML.org

BrainML is a developing initiative to provide a standard XML metaformat for exchanging neuroscience data. It focuses on layered definitions built over a common core in order to support community-driven extension.

One such extension is provided by the new NIH-supported neuroinformatics initiative of the Society for Neuroscience, which supports the development of expert-derived terminology sets for several areas of neuroscience. Under a cooperative agreement, these term lists will be made available Open Source on this site.

This site provides a complete description of BrainML, and it also serves as a public repository of BrainML models.

Use the links at left to navigate. Click on the logo at top left or use the "back" button to return to this page.


May 23, 2010

Upgraded BrainML data model to version 5 and Analysis data model to version 2. The following changes had been made: 1) Transfer of elements analysis_input, analysis_output, and algorithm from BrainML model to Analysis model. 2) Created new elements analysis_submission and analysis_results to Analysis model to facilitate exchange of submission information between the client and server, and the display of results on the client.

July 7, 2008

Submitted initial version of schema and controlled vocabulary selectors for neuroanatomy, data types and acquisition techniques, and neuron types for the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF).

July 25, 2007

Updated BrainML model schema to version 3 by adding analysis algorithm definitions; and Protocols model schema to version 5 with changes to controlled vocabulary and catalog_interaction.

October 6, 2006

Updates to color scheme and account management.

April 6, 2006

All site documentation (finally) finished.

November 18, 2005

Made various interface improvements to model view pages.

November 11, 2005

The first data repository conforming to a BrainML data model and protocols is now online!

January 14, 2005

Added support for validating vocabulary files.

December 9, 2004

Added documentation of BrainML exchange (BrainML-X) protocols. Added documentation on querying models. Streamlined and added info to some of the dynamic pages.

October 21, 2004

Initial public release.

The BrainML project is funded by the Human Brain Project-Informatics initiative via MH/NS57153 from the NIMH and NINDS (with related and past additional funding from NSF, NINDS, and NIMH) and is directed by:

Daniel Gardner
Weill Medical College of Cornell University


Weill Medical College of Cornell University