Metadata matters: access to image data in the real world


Data sharing is important in the biological sciences to prevent duplication of effort, to promote scientific integrity, and to facilitate and disseminate scientific discovery. Sharing requires centralized repositories, and submission to and utility of these resources require common data formats. This is particularly challenging for multidimensional microscopy image data, which are acquired from a variety of platforms with a myriad of proprietary file formats (PFFs). In this paper, we describe an open standard format that we have developed for microscopy image data. We call on the community to use open image data standards and to insist that all imaging platforms support these file formats. This will build the foundation for an open image data repository.

DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201004104

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@inproceedings{Linkert2010MetadataMA, title={Metadata matters: access to image data in the real world}, author={Melissa Linkert and Curtis T. Rueden and Chris Allan and Jean-Marie Burel and Will Moore and Andrew J. Patterson and Brian Loranger and Josh Moore and Carlos Neves and Donald MacDonald and Aleksandra Tarkowska and Caitlin Sticco and Emma Hill and Mike Rossner and Kevin W. Eliceiri and Jason R. Swedlow}, booktitle={The Journal of cell biology}, year={2010} }