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Tools and Resources

Here, you will find our current collection of tool and software tutorials and resources for neuroscience research

Links: Tools and Resources

Neurostars is a question and answering site hosted by INCF since 2014. The site is also a resource to the broader community, as the site generated over 918,000 page views in 2018. In 2019, we are continuing to grow the community by utilizing it in the INCF Google Summer of Code, as well as integrating it with the TrainingSpace and KnowledgeSpace initiatives. Neurostars is one of the largest neuroscience Q & A forums in the world covering a wide range of neuroscience related disciplines. The forum assists neuroscience researchers to troubleshoot issues with the developers and providers of some of the world’s leading neuroscience software and infrastructure.Visit Neurostars

KnowledgeSpace (KS is a joint development between the Human Brain Project (HBP), the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), and the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) that aims to create a globally-used, data-driven encyclopedia and search engine for the neuroscience community. Descriptions of neuroscience research concepts, publicly available datasets, publications, and much more can be discovered across multiple resources through KnowledgeSpace. All content is curated and accessible from a search interface where users can perform a simple keyword search or a search based on the curated concepts.  
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Hitchhiker's Guide to Using Cloud-Based Resources for Neuroimaging Research

An informational guide for investigators and administrators in the field at different levels of experience for understanding, accessing and successfully using cloud-based tools in support of neuroscience research, using neuroimaging as an example.

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Tutorials: Tools and Resources

Below you will find the latest courses. Please search or select the courses based on the below filters. A Web-Based Annotation Tool

This short course covers, an annotation tool that enables users to collaboratively annotate course readings and other internet resources.

Features of

  1. Select text to annotate. Add tags and post publicly or save privately.
  2. Reply to or share any annotation. Link to notes or whole pages.
  3. Annotate together in groups. Collaborate privately with others.
  4. Search your notes. Explore all public annotations and profiles.

Open Science Framework (OSF)

Center for Open Science

This course is intended to introduce researchers to the Open Science Framework (OSF). OSF is a free, open source web application built by the Center for Open Science, a non-profit dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices. OSF is part collaboration tool, part version control software, and part data archive. It is designed to connect to popular tools researchers already use, like Dropbox, Box, Github, and Mendeley, to streamline workflows and increase efficiency.


Jupyter Notebooks

EuroPython Conference

In this short course, you will learn about Jupyter Notebooks, an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more. Tutorials

This course consists of brief tutorials on, a free and open platform for analyzing and sharing neuroimaging data. During this course, you will learn how to deal with your neuroscientific datasets using for operations such as uploading and version control, as well as how to analyze and share your data. 



OpenNeuro is a free and open platform for analyzing and sharing neuroimaging data. Visit OpenNeuro

NITRC is a free one-stop-shop collaboratory for science researchers that need resources such as neuroimaging analysis software, publicly available data sets, or computing power. NITRC provides free access to data and enables pay-per-use cloud-based access to unlimited computing power, enabling worldwide scientific collaboration with minimal startup and cost. With NITRC and its components—the Resources Registry (NITRC-R), Image Repository (NITRC-IR), and Computational Environment (NITRC-CE)—a researcher can obtain pilot or proof-of-concept data to validate a hypothesis for a few dollars. NITRC scientific focus includes: PET/SPECT, CT, EEG/MEG, optical imaging, clinical neuroinformatics, computational neuroscience, and imaging genomics software tools, data, and computational resources. Visit NITRC

Open Source Brain (OSB) is a resource for sharing and collaboratively developing computational models of neural systems. OSB will provide advanced facilities to analyse, visualise and transform models in these formats, and to connect researchers interested in models of specific neurons, brain regions and disease states. Visit Open Source Brain