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Controlled vocabularies are necessary for the useful and practical sharing and re-use of data. Ontologies in neuroscience are formal representations of the set of terms used within a domain area of research and the relationships between the terms. Closely linked to the Program on Digital Brain Atlasing, the Program on Ontologies of Neural Structures (PONS) aims to establish a structured lexicon for the translation and definition of terms describing neural structures at multiple levels of granularity.

There are three Task Forces and one Working Group involved in the PONS effort:

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