EBRAINS Infrastructure Training

2nd Elephant User Workshop

Accelerate Structured and Reproducible Data Analysis in Electrophysiology

17-19 November 2020 | Virtual Event

Announcement - 2nd Elephant User Workshop 1.8 MB


This event delves into challenges in the reproducibility of neuroscience workflows dealing with classical electrophysiological activity data, such as spiking data or local field potentials, from experiment or simulation.

The training will cover the complete cycle from generating structured and consistent data and metadata, accessing the data, pre-processing, setting up analysis workflows, up to the tracking of the provenance of the analysis results. In this context, the e-infrastructure services of EBRAINS offer a mature data, software and compute services ecosystem with community-driven tools developed in the framework of the Human Brain Project. In the first part of the workshop, participants will be trained in the use of tools covering the following topics:

  • reading and manipulating electrophysiology data in Python using Neo [1]
  • analysis of such data using Elephant [2]
  • best practices for integrating metadata into your workflow to aid the analysis process
  • best practices for structuring analysis results
  • tracking data analysis pipelines using the HBP Knowledge Graph [3]
  • collaboration and sharing documents using the HBP Collaboratory [4]


In the second part of the workshop, participants will work together with a tutor in small groups, on their own data and on particular personal interests in the scope of the workshop. To this end, participants are asked to provide a small abstract describing the data set they would like to bring and work on (contents of the dataset, data format, data size...) and the topic they are interested in. The latter may, for example, be related to: annotating the dataset with metadata for collaboration and sharing, working with the dataset in the Neo framework, or performing a certain kind of analysis with the data set. The goal of each group is to get started addressing the topic, identify solutions together with the tutors, and implement a first prototype of the required functionality.

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The sessions are open to all interested participants. Due to the attendee/tutor ratio for the second part of the workshop, the registration is complete with 22 registrants.
We welcome also participants from time zones outside the EU and can compensate for the time shift.
To register for the training event, an EBRAINS account is needed. Please create your account at https://ebrains.eu/register (free of charge) and register for the EBRAINS Infrastructure Training (also free of charge).
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Registration deadline: 15 October 2020


Michael Denker | Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Andrew Davison | French National Centre for Scientific Research, France


Martina Schmalholz | Heidelberg University, Germany