Henry is happy to welcome Rembrandt Bakker from Radboud University Nijmegen to give a talk at SBRI next Friday:
The CoCoMac database: combining data from hundreds of tracing studies into a reliable connectivity matrix.
"The CoCoMac database (Collations of Connectivity data on the Macaque brain) contains the results from hundreds of publications which report axonal tracing experiments in the Macaque brain. Combining these studies is a daunting task mainly due to the countless variations in brain region definitions that have been used across labs and throughout the past decades. The end goal is to output a connectivity matrix for a user-specified set of brain regions, and thereby map the legacy data onto these regions. I will show that this mapping process is surprisingly unreliable when applied to the raw CoCoMac data, but that this can be resolved with the aid of graphical tools.
We are currently ingesting data from the Markov/Kennedy publications into CoCoMac, and the purpose of the visit is to bridge the gap between data consumers (computational modellers) and data producers (experimental facilities) by discussing citation and data sharing policies."