About SAWG

SPARC Anatomical Working Group (SAWG)

The Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) effort is the result of National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) drive to map out the neural circuitry responsible for visceral control in higher vertebrates.

The management of multimodal anatomical knowledge is one of the mainstays of MAP-CORE’s effort in SPARC. At the core of this effort is the curation of computable and FAIR knowledge for the inferencing of multiscale parts and connectivity route pathways in support of SPARC metadata discovery.

The SPARC Anatomy Working Group (SAWG) is responsible for the integrity of anatomical knowledge in SPARC. In particular, it provides the relevant guidance and expertise about:

  1. Defining and naming anatomical terms
  2. Maintaining ontologies of anatomical knowledge
  3. Compiling and curating computable knowledge about multiscale routes pathways

As part of this process, the SAWG is developing a term request pipeline so that any new terms required for the annotation of SPARC data or maps can be added to the SPARC vocabularies. All added terms are reviewed by the SAWG on a regular basis. Details about the SPARC vocabularies and the term request pipeline are available here.

More detailed information can be found at the SAWG Home Page.