Neuroscience data should be easy to share, interoperable, and should always be used with respect to participant rights

Neuroscience data is recorded from study participant’s brains using imaging technologies like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Electro-encephalography (EEG). This neuroimaging data is collected along with rich personal data, including age and health status, and metadata about experimental conditions and protocols.

These datasets are some of the most valuable in existence, in terms of the answers they contain about incurable diseases such as dementia, and human suffering such as depression and chronic pain. High quality neuroimaging data is collected over many years, through hundreds of scientist hours and time volunteered by participants.

Currently, most of these datasets are siloed in centralised databases (e.g. universities and hospitals) all over the world. In some cases, data may be kept on personal hard drives. Unleashing this data to build a data commons for global scientists has been a difficult task. Scientists are not incentivised to share their data open source with their peers, nor are participants incentivised to provide sensitive data.

As a consequence, this valuable data is vulnerable to loss and corruption, scientific collaboration is difficult, and participants are hard to recruit. If participants do volunteer, they effectively give up ownership over their data because managing their consent and dataset permissions is a high friction and complex process.


Web 3.0 for Self-Sovereign Neuroscience Research Data Management

We have a vision for a decentralized web of science

  • It should be easy for neuroscientists to securely share data with their peers
  • Scientists should be rewarded for sharing data
  • Citizens should be rewarded for taking part in studies and sharing their data
  • Citizens should retain ownership of their data and be able to easily modify permissions

The Open Science Data Wallet

Self-Sovereign & Secure Research Data Management

  • Researchers can upload a file in a scientific standard specification
  • File specification metadata is verified
  • Ownership is assigned to the research participant
  • Peer-to-peer sharing and permissions management is accomplished using Ceramic and TextileDB