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PLoS Biol. 2019 Jun 19;17(6):e3000340. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000340. eCollection 2019 Jun.

Scientific Community Image Forum: A discussion forum for scientific image software.

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Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.
Imaging Platform, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.
Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland.


Forums and email lists play a major role in assisting scientists in using software. Previously, each open-source bioimaging software package had its own distinct forum or email list. Although each provided access to experts from various software teams, this fragmentation resulted in many scientists not knowing where to begin with their projects. Thus, the scientific imaging community lacked a central platform where solutions could be discussed in an open, software-independent manner. In response, we introduce the Scientific Community Image Forum, where users can pose software-related questions about digital image analysis, acquisition, and data management.

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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