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Shiro Usui; VISIOME Environment: Web based platform on vision science. Journal of Vision 2002;2(10):77. doi: 10.1167/2.10.77.
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Understanding the brain function requires integration of diverse information from the level of molecule to the level of neuronal networks. However, the huge amount of information is making it almost impossible for any individual researcher to construct an integrated view of the brain. To solve this problem requires to make useful tools for information storing, maintenance and sharing. Neuroinformatics is a new research paradigm for constructing support environment which integrates databases related to neuroscience research with data analysis techniques. This should promote research utilizing mathematical models, and advance the comprehension and elucidation of the neural system. If the research of each conventional field is a warp, neuroinformatics could be the woof yarn which links them. The NRV project is the first project in Japan started in 1999 under the Strategic Promotion System for Brain Science of the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology at the Science and Technology Agency (now under the MEXT), aimed at building the foundation of neuroinformatics research. Because of the wealth of data on the visual system, the NRV project will use vision research to promote experimental, theoretical and technical research in neuroinformatics. We have constructed an integrated system for vision neuroscience named “Visiome Environment” as a test bed for useful neuroinformatics tools. The Visiome Environment will realize a virtual environment for global electronic collaborations by providing to researchers with useful tools for simulation and data analysis with reusable models and data. We are expecting a new field in creating environment / platform to promote systematic sharing of knowledge in neuroscience for understanding the brain!
Usui S. and Amari S-I.(2002). Trends and scope of neuroinformatics Research. Brain Science, 24(1), 11–17,(In Japanese). http://www.neuroinformatics.gr.jp
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