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Jump to: navigation, search is a freely editable semantic wiki for community-based curation of the terms used in Neuroscience. It is a joint project of the Neuroscience Information Framework and the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility.

See Larson and Martone (2013) Neurolex: An online framework for neuroscience knowledge. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 7: 18.

This Wiki takes advantage of the Semantic Mediawiki software and the Halo Extension and has loaded all the NIF ontology classes. Many of the annotation properties associated with those classes have been tagged with properties here. Restrictions have not yet been ported over. However, in this current version, most classes just have the NIF id and the parent class/category associated with them.

The Wiki version of the NIF encodes classes as "categories", as in the standard Wikipedia. These class categories themselves have editable pages. This therefore allows anyone to update the definitions of the classes.

This Wiki also allows other "instance" articles to be tagged with those classes. Properties between classes or between "instance" articles can be defined as well. This allows individual terms within "instance" articles to be tagged with these properties. There are a few examples of this below.

By tagging parts of a page with a property, a query mechanism can reshuffle the data within those pages in tables or by generating dynamic lists.

Contact Us

Mailing list: neurolex at

Maryann Martone: maryann at

Stephen Larson: slarson at

*Note: Neurolex imports many terms and their ids from existing community ontologies, e.g., the Gene Ontology. Neurolex, however, is a dynamic site and any content beyond the identifier should not be presumed to reflect the content or views of the source ontology. Users should consult with the authoritative source for each ontology for current information.

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