The 2011 survey of software usage in neuroscience research

In May 2011, we conducted an online survey in which we asked neuroscientists to share some details about their computing environments. We were interested in what operating systems they are using do conduct their research. In what environments they are working, for what fraction of their time? How long they need to spend on non-research maintenance activities? And we asked them about their opinion on certain aspects of the operating systems they are using. Finally we also wanted to know where they obtain the software they need, and which particular applications they are using.

Within 12 days, a total of 583 participants from 44 countries responded to the survey. The main results of this survey have been published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroinformatics:

Hanke, M. & Halchenko, Y. O. (2011). Neuroscience runs on GNU/Linux. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 5:8.

The survey data is available on GitHub.


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