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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2002 End Date : 2005 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 3 2010 12:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biological Sciences, Other  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


BioImage, funded by the European Commission, leads the effort to store and mine images. A handful of scientists in Germany, Switzerland, UK and Spain. The project is now run by cell biologist David Shotton of Oxford. With Steffen Lindek, they developed a web-accessible databse including everthing from three dimensional confocal microscopy images to time-lapse videos of cells to wildlife photos and videos.

The first contributions to the new database will be images from the Journal of Microscopy. THey set up an agreement with the journal to bank the images associated with biological papers accepted for publication, including some images that won't appear in the jounral.

BioImage won't warehouse all the images. It will store descriptions and low-resolution visual previews and will direct searchers to sites where the high-resolution version are parked. Most journals are expected to keep copyrighted images on their own servers rather than storing copies in the BioImage database.

BioImage will hold the copyright to the metadata, but not the image.


Access to Instruments :


Access to Information Resources :

  Access to images for life science researchers.  

Access to People as Resources :


Funding Agency or Sponsor :

European Commission
Online Research Information Environment for the Life Sciences (ORIEL)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
ORIEL is now funded by the European Commission for three years from 1st January 2002


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Communications Technology Used :


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  Key Articles :  

Marx, V. (2002). Beautiful bioimages for the eyes of many beholders Science, 297, 39-40.


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