About this BRAIN Initiative Hub

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Source: http://braininitiative.nih.gov/pdf/BRAIN_brochure_508C.pdf

Summary

The BRAIN Initiative Hub's mission is to complement existing BRAIN related websites such as the NIH website and braininitiative.org.

One goal of this Hub is to provide researchers, educators, and the public in the US and around the world an opportunity to learn more about the objectives, methods, progress, and potential benefits of Initiative related research and the PIs, labs, and universities behind the research. Another goal is to facilitate and catalyze researcher interaction, collaboration, and innovation.

This Hub is part of the Neuroscience Knowledge Network of Hubs. The Neuroscience Knowledge Network (NKN) is managed by Open Networks, a non-profit social enterprise chartered in PA as the Association for Neuroscience Communications. To learn more about NKN and Open Networks, view the homepage post at neuroscience.onair.cc

Benefits to the Academic Community

Below are some of the reasons why university researchers and students might want to become Hub Authors, Curators, and/or participants in onAircasts.

For Researchers

Postdocs and professors have different needs and responsibilities, but for the most part the will see our platform very similarly. They are the most time-constrained and least in need for self-promotion, though as their network of interest becomes busier they will want to have a presence.

Most immediate benefits will be granting agency recognition. This exists to a small degree now in terms of outreach, but we will have to get granting agency attention as well as develop impact metrics to make evaluation fast and easy.

Additional benefits: Collaboration; Identification of promising graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; Self-promotion

For Graduate Students

Graduate students early in their career are more likely to adopt the platform than those nearing completion of their dissertation. They will likely be similar to undergraduate students but with less time due to both class and research demands from their PIs.

Their most immediate benefits: course credit  and recognition from societies and granting agencies.

Place to archive, publicize, and evolve preprints.

Additional benefits (graduate students): Writing/communication practice; Collaboration; and Self-promotion

For Undergrad Students

Most likely to adopt the platform and the most important for long term success as they can drive long term cultural shifts. Their most immediate benefit will be course credit.

Additional benefits:

  • Access to easily digested and organized knowledge
  • Self-promotion via profile and sharing
  •  One-stop shop for learning about professors, and accessing those who are engaged on the platform

For Educators

provides students an opportunity to create wikipedia-like overviews on topics of their interest

For Administrators

facilitates the organization and management of research programs and projects

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