The NIF Data Federation provides the ability to drill down into individual databases and data sets and return relevant content. This type of content, part of the so called “hidden Web,” is typically not indexed by existing web search engines.
In order for NIF to directly query these independently maintained databases and datasets, database providers must register their database or dataset with the NIF Data Federation and specify permissions. Learn more about registering your resource.
NIF simultaneously queries all the federated databases and datasets through its search interface. The results are displayed under the Data Federation tab and are categorized by data type and nervous system level. In this way, users can easily step through the content of multiple resources, all from the same interface.
Each federated resource individually displays their query results with links back to the relevant datasets within the host resource. This allows users to take advantage of additional views on the data and tools that are available through the host database. The NIF site provides tutorials for each resource, indicated by the "Professor Icon" showing users how to navigate the results page once directed there through the NIF. Additionally, query results may be exported as an Excel document.
Note: NIF is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does NIF endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these external sites.
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NIF Integrated Databases: NIF also has a integrated virtual databases which combines related data indexed from multiple databases and combine them into one for easier browsing.
NIF Integrated Animal View: Indexes data from Zebrafish International Research Center, Strain reports from Rat Genome Database, Caenorhabditis Genetics Center, and International Mouse Strain Resource. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Nervous System Connectivity View: Indexes data from Brain Architecture Management System (BAMS), Collations of Connectivity data on the Macaque brain (CoCoMac), BrainMaps, Connectome Wiki, the Hippocampal-Parahippocampal table of Temporal-Lobe.com, UCLA Multimodal Connectivity Database, and Avian Brain Circuitry Database. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Podcasts View: Indexes data from Brain Science Podcast , Nature Podcast, NeuroPod, Science Podcast, American Journal of Psychiatry Podcast, 60-Second Mind, Science Talk, Gray Matters, This Week in Science, Neurology Podcast, Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) Podcast, Biointeractive, National Academy of Sciences Podcast, BrainPod, Science Talk, Royal College of Psychiatrists Podcasts (AKA- Let Wisdom Guide), The Guardian: Science Weekly, All in the Mind. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Software View : Indexes data from Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse, Visiome Platform, Cerebellar Platform, Brain Machine Interface Platform, and Genetic Analysis Software. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Video View: Indexes data from NIH VideoCasting and Podcasting, JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments, The Guardian: Science Videos, and Biointeractive. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Jobs: Indexes data from Naturejobs, Monster, Indeed, Hays, jobs.ac.uk, New Scientist Jobs, Science Careers, Access-ScienceJobs.co.uk, TheScienceJobs.com, ScienceBlogs: Jobs, and It Takes 30. [Full record]
NIF Integrated Blogs: Indexes data from Nature Network Blogs, Wired Science Blogs, The Guardian: Science, It Takes 30, Scientific American Cross-Check, Scientific American Bering in Mind, Research Blogging, CENtral Science, ScienceBlogs: Medicine and Health, ScienceBlogs: Brain and Behavior, ScienceBlogs: Life Science, Scientific American Guest Blog, Scientific American Observations, LabSpaces, PLoS Blogs, Daring Nucleic Adventures - genegeek, H2SO4Hurts - Brian Krueger PhD, Sciblogs, New York Times - Well, RetractionWatch.com, Wired Science, and Genomes Unzipped. [Full record]
The NIF's Data Federation consists of the following databases:
60-Second Mind: Podcast on the latest news in behavior and brain research
CRCNS datasets: Datasets available to the modeling community through the CRCNS program
CTN: Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Data Share is an electronic environment that allows data from completed clinical trials to be distributed to investigators in order to promote new research, encourage further analyses, and disseminate information to the community
Drugbank: Detailed affinity, reactivity and synonym information about most drug compounds
MNI Podcasts: Podcasts on important issues and showcasing of expert's researches
ModelDB: Database of downloadable neuroscience-related computational models
MPO : Community driven ontology to provide standard terms for mammalian phenotype data
Nature Podcast: A weekly podcast which features highlighted content from the week's edition of Nature
NCBI Gene: Information about nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes, and links to genome-, phenotype-, and locus-specific resources worldwide from various species
Electrophysiological data of mainly single and multiple unit activity experiments
Neurofed: Contact information for federal employees at NIH, NSF, and military institutes involved in funding neuroscience research
ODE: Ontological Discovery Environment is a gene-centered database that combines diverse data sets from multiple species and experiment
types, and allows simple and powerful data sharing publicly or across collaborative groups
OdorMapDB: Database of brain activation foci within the olfactory bulb
OMIM: Comprehensive, authoritative, and timely compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes
ORDB: a database of chemosensory receptors and associated information
Physiobank: An archive of well-characterized digital recordings of physiologic signals
Pubmed Health: Database of up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living
Rat Genome Database: Database of genetic information, including functional data, disease data, expression data and chromosome location data
Visiome Platform : Digital archive of mathematical models, experimental stimuli, experimental data, and analytical tools for vision science
WikiPathways: An open, collaborative platform dedicated to the curation of biological pathways
An international consortium of biologists and computer scientists dedicated to provide the research community with accurate, current, accessible information on genetics, genomics, and biology of C. elegans and some related nematodes
XNAT: Dataset of human MRI images, from humans of different ages, clinical dementia ratings, and handedness
ZFIN: The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN) serves as the central repository and web-based resource for zebrafish genetic, genomic, phenotypic and developmental data
ZIRC: A central repository for wild-type and mutant strains of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and for materials and information about zebrafish research
Registering a database to the NIF
If you are a database provider and would like to make your database available through the NIF, we are happy to work with you. The NIF data federation tools are designed to be easy to use and require minimal effort from the database provider. Through its level 2 and level 3 tools, NIF can work with many types of data resources, regardless of underlying technology. For more information on Resource Levels, see Registering a Resource to NIF. If you have a data set that you would like to see registered, please email email@example.com.