New technological opportunities for data sharing have gradually emerged with the introduction of the internet, gradually faster nqtworks, improved database technologies, and affordable massive data storage capabilities. The field of bioinformatics has exploited these opportunities for essential aspects of data sharing. But far from all the relevant gene and molecular level data, from the brain or other systems, are shared in databases today. Moreover, databases are used only sparingly in many subfields of the neurosciences, Hence, there is a potential for more data sharing, re-use of data, and novel analysis based on new combinations of data that can be performed via database systems. The overall objective of the proposed workshop 'Databasing the brain' will be to accelerate existing research and development efforts in the field of neuroscience databasing. Two specific areas have been selected for a detailed study: First, the workshop will focus on standardised data formats and annotations of data at the level of the laboratory work bench. It will explore how the industry (companieiproducing software and equipment for data acquisition, storage, and data management) can help establish data and metadata formats via interactions with the scientific communities. Second, the workshop will focus on the role of journals in providing information about databasing initiatives, in encouraging scientists to share persistent data via databases, and in possibly contributing to novel publishing formats. The workshop will bring together established scientists in the field of brain databasing, expert neuroscientists from many sub-areas of the neurosciences, representatives of SMEs, as well as journal editors and other representatives of journals. A main emphasis will be placed on the dissemination and exploitation of the meeting results, as well as the planning and follow up activities.