BrainLiner Web Quick Start Guide

BrainLiner Quick Start Guide

This is the BrainLiner ( quick start guide. To learn how to read our data formats, please see


  • Users can login using their Google / FaceBook / Twitter accounts
  • Logged-in users can upload data in the Neuroshare (.nsn) standard data file format or in Matlab (.mat) files, provided that the data is in the correct structure
  • Supplementary information (papers / figures, ….) can also be uploaded to describe a user’s project
  • Users can search for and download data in either Matlab (.mat) or Neuroshare (.nsn) file formats

Searching for and Downloading Data

Since sharing data is at the heart of BrainLiner, our main page features a text box for users to search for data they are looking for.

Search is conducted in real-time as you type. Enter “eeg” and give it a try!

Clicking on a link in the search results will bring you to the project’s page. Often, you will want to download an entire project as one zip file. This can be accomplished by clicking on one of the Download All buttons (for either Neuroshare or Matlab files).

To download all the files in the project as one .zip file, click on the quick download link for either mat or nsn (to download data files in either Matlab or Neuroshare format, respectively):

Before your download starts, you must agree to the license that governs distribution and use of a project.

Logging In

  • You can log in to BrainLiner using your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. Just click on the icon of the service you want to login with:

  • If this is the first time you have logged in to, you will need to provide your name, create a unique username, and enter your e-mail address. We will not share your e-mail address publicly.

  • When you log in, you will be taken to the user home page, from which you can share data.

Sharing Data

  • Data is shared in the context of Projects containing Folders.
  • Click on the “Create New Project” button to create your own project.

  • Enter a Project Name, some comments describing your project, and choose a license for your data. Additionally, you can make your project hidden and password-protected by choosing the “restricted” option and entering a password.

  • After creating your new project, information about the project will be displayed.

  • After entering a name for the folder and any applicable comments, click on the “Add New Folder” button.

  • After creating a new folder, the folder’s summary page is displayed.

  • To upload files to share, simply click on or drag files to the “Add Files” button. Multiple files can be uploaded at the same time. When the files you want to share are added, please click on the “upload” button and wait until all the uploads finish before doing anything else.

After uploading files, you will see them listed under the data folder they were added to.

Update History

2013/6/20 v1.11 Release instructions
2012/5/21 v1.08 Release instructions
2011/06/08 v1.0.5 Release instructions