Absolutely, we encourage you to contribute. We welcome all additional help in developing effective software and promoting open standards in microscopy.
LOCI has been a key partner in the Open Microscopy Environment consortium since 2003. See the LOCI and OME page for details.
Historically, OME has not been funded directly, since the software and file formats themselves are not hypothesis-driven research. Rather, OME has been developed to facilitate specific research with an acute need for such tools.