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J Cell Biol. 2010 May 31;189(5):777-82. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201004104.

Metadata matters: access to image data in the real world.

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Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, Department of Molecular Biology, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI 53711, USA.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
20513764
PMCID:
PMC2878938
DOI:
10.1083/jcb.201004104
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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