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Data management

As part of its services, the CAi grants access to an OMERO server, which serves as a data management system for microscopy data. Our mission is to promote FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data management by supporting researchers with the organization and annotation of their microscopy data. Additionally, we streamline image analysis workflows by integrating the use of OMERO.

Embedded within the microscopy core facility, our data management team derives insights from specific research projects, utilizing that acquired knowledge to create open-source tools. Consequently, we have actively participated in advancing OMERO-related software, aiming to elevate user experience and amplify the advantages of data management.

Additionally, we engage in international conferences to raise awareness about data management among the microscopy and bio-image analysis communities. Furthermore, we actively participate in regular online meetings focused on data management, facilitating the exchange of experiences and expertise with our peers:

  • NFDI4Bioimage (1st funding period from DFG, 2023 - 2028): a consortium within the Nationale Forschungsdaten Initiative (NFDI) with, in total 6 task areas dealing with all aspects of data management around the data lifecycle. Link 
  • I3D:bio (1st funding period from DFG, 2022 - 2024): A “task force” to support the deployment of OMERO instances in imaging facilities of German universities. Link
  • RDM4mic (German BioImaging group, started in 2019): German group that formed to exchange on their experience with OMERO. Meets yearly to coordinate and report on new advances. Link
  • AIMM (Funded by BioImaging North America, started in 2023): International group on exchange of experience on FAIR data management. Link
  • Global BioImaging (initiated by Horizon 2020, now Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, started in 2015): Link
  • QUAREP-LiMi (Started in 2020): An international initiative to improve reproducibility of light microscopy experiments, bringing together actors from industries and academia. Currently with 15 specialized working groups. Link