Friday, April 2, 2010

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF)

The Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) is a free, web-based, portal to a wide variety of neuroscience-relevant resources, funded by the National Institutes of Health. NIF has an extensive registry of over 2500 resources along with a custom web index and literature archive. The NIF Data Federation provides a direct query of over 40 databases, with new ones being added regularly.

NIF provides simultaneous search across two literature indices: PubMed and the Textpresso for Neuroscience literature corpus. Textpresso for Neuroscience is assembled from indexing a core set of neuroscience journals and articles culled from keyword searches of PubMed for neuroscience-related terms. Additionally, it is able to search the full text of research papers. This may help to identify information within articles that may not be available to PubMed. Search results may be viewed in PubMed or within the Textpresso for Neuroscience interface. Through the Textpresso interface the user may further refine searches through the use of categories (e.g. brain region) and filters. See NIF Literature for more information on using Textpresso for Neuroscience.

NIF's dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources includes data, materials, and tools. NIF advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment. The NIF project is designed to serve the biomedical research community and is actively looking for resource providers to make their resources accessible through the NIF and offer a variety of methods for registering and making resources searchable through the NIF.

This resource is linked through the Matas Subject Guide: Neurology and Neurosciences

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