What is LOCI's role in OME?
LOCI is interested in harnessing OME as a practical, effective data management system for multidimensional images. Our primary contributions thus far have been:
- Stronger file format support via development of the Bio-Formats library, which provides the ability to convert third-party formats into OME-XML and OME-TIFF, import them into the OME and OMERO servers, and read them with applications such as ImageJ and VisBio.
- Open file format standards with an emphasis on compatibility and efficiency. In particular, we have created OME-TIFF and are working to improve the OME-XML schema to encompass useful information relevant to 4D light microscopy and beyond.
- Client-side tools for interacting with both the OME server and OME-XML, including the OME plugins for ImageJ for transferring data to and from an OME server, VisBio and Data Browser tools for visualizing data from an OME database, the OME-XML Java library for reading and manipulating OME-XML trees, and OME Notes application for allowing users to view and edit OME-XML metadata in their datasets.