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Papers: 30 Sep 2023 - 6 Oct 2023


Front Neuroinform



PyDapsys: an open-source library for accessing electrophysiology data recorded with DAPSYS.


Konradi P, Troglio A, Pérez Garriga A, Pérez Martín A, Röhrig R, Namer B, Kutafina E


In the field of neuroscience, a considerable number of commercial data acquisition and processing solutions rely on proprietary formats for data storage. This often leads to data being locked up in formats that are only accessible by using the original software, which may lead to interoperability problems. In fact, even the loss of data access is possible if the software becomes unsupported, changed, or otherwise unavailable. To ensure FAIR data management, strategies should be established to enable long-term, independent, and unified access to data in proprietary formats. In this work, we demonstrate PyDapsys, a solution to gain open access to data that was acquired using the proprietary recording system DAPSYS. PyDapsys enables us to open the recorded files directly in Python and saves them as NIX files, commonly used for open research in the electrophysiology domain. Thus, PyDapsys secures efficient and open access to existing and prospective data. The manuscript demonstrates the complete process of reverse engineering a proprietary electrophysiological format on the example of microneurography data collected for studies on pain and itch signaling in peripheral neural fibers.