We are happy to announce that a new Open Source toolkit channel went live today at https://channels.plos.org/open-source-toolkit.
This channel is a joint collaboration from Open Neuroscience, Trend in Africa and PLOS. There you will find several open source projects related to science. They range all disciplines and comprehend both software and hardware. It is open for suggestions and interaction from the community!
On an attempt to make things even more open at Openeuroscience.com and take a little bit of the publishing delay away, we’ve decided to create the backlog page.
In this page you’ll find all projects that we are planning to upload to the website but didn’t get a chance yet! This way we are not stopping the information spread, and people get to make comments about the projects before they are curated.
The Reagent Project aims to upcycle reagents that are wasting away in lab fridges around the world. The idea is that researchers share their unused/ no longer necessary reagents with others that have samples but don’t have access to the reagents.
This project and other related to wetware, are archived here.
Two companies have incorporated the open source philosophy into their business models and are now providing products for neuroscience released under know open source licenses:
Sanworks: After the success and demand of PulsePal, Josh Sanders founded Sanworks, a company dedicated to providing systems for neuroscience research. A brief description on the company’s website follows:
Sanworks, L.L.C. develops automated systems for Neuroscience research, and streamlines access to them through an online assembly service. Our goal is to make Neuroscience tools open, affordable and accessible. We are especially focused on embedded systems for exploring the links between brain function and behavior.
Spike Gadgets: Also dedicated to providing systems for neuroscience, Spike Gadgets is focusing at electrophysiology systems and providing a complete solution with hardware and software. Although only their software is open source, this already opens doors to a lot of interesting customization/changes. A brief description from the company’s website:
SpikeGadgets is trying something new. Our hybrid approach is to design and sell powerful hardware that interfaces with an open-source software platform supported by a large community of scientists and developers. Our goal is to support the efforts of the open-source community in a commercially-sustainable way.
One of the founders, Mattias Karlsson, was kind enough to provide a brief description of their software, which can be found here.
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We’ve been working in collaboration with the folks of TrendinAfrica (trendinafrica.org) to develop a cheap, yet reliable, open source microscopy system to be used by scientists and DIY biologists. It is called Flypi, since its original focus were experiments with Drosophila and it uses the Raspberry pi computer as its “brains”.
The project has been going quite well and we feel it is mature enough to gain some public attention (and hopefully adoption!) and also to enter the hackaday.io competition, which would help us further develop it! So please, visit the project page, share it with your networks and show us some love by giving us “skulls” @ https://hackaday.io/project/5059-flypi-100-microscopeexperimental-setup. Also check out the paper we are writing about it: https://open-labware.net/projects/flypi/
The Center for reproducible Neuroscience was founded in 2015 with the aim of helping researchers make their science stand the test of time, by making it more open and reproducible (aka better science). The starting point of the center is neuroimaging, as they provide computational power, databanks for storing and sharing data and data analysis platform (to be launched in 2016), tuned to the field.