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| 18-01-2009 18:28FreeBrain

January 3rd 2009 I finally started the Sourceforge project FreeBrain that I'd been thinking about for some time. The purpose is to create a flexible and easy to learn tool for analysing all sorts of signals that neuroscientists measure. The kind of signals we aim at are two-dimensional, so you have some measure over time. This includes EEG, skin-conductance and eye-movements, but excludes fMRI and such.

I have two kinds of reasons to start this project. First, as a student I discovered the disadvantage of using a commercially licensed tool in a large research group; you had to fight for a license. This is very counterproductive of course. I picture the main part of our audience to be undergraduate students in some kind of neuroscience. That's why the tool has to be easy to learn. I also discovered that although we primarily used one piece of software for basic analysis of EEG, more advanced or experimental functions were implemented by each research in a plethora of languages. That's why I personally would like a tool that I can extend to all imaginable applications without a lot of trouble. That's why we use an adaptable plug-in scheme and the open source language Python.

The second kind of reason is that I would like to get some more experience in serious programming. I have never made GUI's, and I have never made software that was directly to be used by others. Another experience related interesting side of this project is that I get to work with some other people on a shared codebase using SVN, which is also new to me.

The first thing we need is a cool slogan and logo...

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