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International data governance for neuroscience

Eke, Damian O.; Bernard, Amy; Bjaalie, Jan G.; Chavarriaga, Ricardo; Hanakawa, Takashi; Hannan, Anthony J.; Hill, Sean L.; Martone, Maryann E.; McMahon, Agnes; Ruebel, Oliver; Crook, Sharon; Thiels, Edda; Pestilli, Franco

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Transitional Assistant Professor

Amy Bernard

Jan G. Bjaalie

Ricardo Chavarriaga

Takashi Hanakawa

Anthony J. Hannan

Sean L. Hill

Maryann E. Martone

Agnes McMahon

Oliver Ruebel

Sharon Crook

Edda Thiels

Franco Pestilli


As neuroscience projects increase in scale and cross international borders, different ethical principles, national and international laws, regulations, and policies for data sharing must be considered. These concerns are part of what is collectively called data governance. Whereas neuroscience data transcend borders, data governance is typically constrained within geopolitical boundaries. An international data governance framework and accompanying infrastructure can assist investigators, institutions, data repositories, and funders with navigating disparate policies. Here, we propose principles and operational considerations for how data governance in neuroscience can be navigated at an international scale and highlight gaps, challenges, and opportunities in a global brain data ecosystem. We consider how to approach data governance in a way that balances data protection requirements and the need for open science, so as to promote international collaboration through federated constructs such as the International Brain Initiative (IBI).

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2021
Publication Date 2022-02
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2024
Journal Neuron
Print ISSN 0896-6273
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 110
Issue 4
Pages 600-612
Keywords General Neuroscience
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