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NIF components

Current NIF tools include the following:

  1. NIF Registry: Central to the NIF resources is the NIF registry, a human-curated database of neuroscience-relevant resources available through the web.  The NIF registry is assembled by neuroscientists who vet each resource for its content and relevance and annotate it using the NIF resource hierarchy according to their type, coverage and general content. You can contribute to the NIF registry by submitting your own resource.
  2. NIF Literature:  Comprised of PubMed and PubMed Central journal articles, NIF Literature searches the full text of the Open Access literature.  The archive may be searched by neuroscience-specific concepts; results may be filtered by year, author, and publication; and results are based on relevance.
  3. NIF Data Federation: NIF provides the ability to directly query databases containing neuroscience-related data, e.g., images, activation loci, that are independently created and maintained.  This type of search provides individual records in the databases directly, and these data are not normally available to search engines.  In order to be accessed by this search, database providers must register their database with the NIF data federation using the DISCO, a tool which any Web resource can send automatic, or manual, data updates to the NIF system. For more information please contact curator@neuinfo.org.
  4. NIF Search Tools: NIF's search includes many features to help find what you are looking for including: auto-complete, a concept-based query, advanced search options (to include parts, related concepts, or subclasses of searched terms), and the ability to add to or replace a search.
  5. NIF Services: Programmatic access to NIF tools through Web services.
  6. NIF Vocabularies: NIF provides an extensive set of vocabularies for annotation and tagging of neuroscience related data and content. The ontology files can be accessed at our ontology github repository or they can be accessed directly via SciGraph web services.

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