Legal and policy questions for international collaboration in neuroscience

P. Eckersley, G. Egan

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The requirements for neuroinformatics to make a significant impact on the field of neuroscience as a whole are not simply technical - the hardware, software, and protocols for collaborative research - they also include the legal and policy frameworks within which research is conducted. This is not least because the creation of large collaborative scientific databases amplifies the complicated interactions between proprietary, for-profit R&D and public "open science". We draw on experiences from the field of bioinformatics to examine some of the likely consequences of these interactions in neuroscience. The widespread sharing of data and tools for neuroscientific research is a key step in the development of neuroinformatics. We consider some of the areas in which policy frameworks can facilitate these forms of collaboration, by easing legal and cultural barriers which have slowed developments to date.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICONIP 2002 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing
Subtitle of host publicationComputational Intelligence for the E-Age
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9810475241, 9789810475246
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2002 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 18 Nov 200222 Nov 2002
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Neural Information Processing 2002
Abbreviated titleICONIP 2002

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