Aims and Scope

I3D:bio aims to facilitate microscopy research data management in Germany. We build on the open-source image data management platform OMERO (OME remote objects). OMERO was created by the Open Microscopy Environment consortium (OME). Our project goals are:

  • Support easy installation of OMERO according to local needs
  • Develop novel solutions for metadata editing in OMERO
  • Facilitate microscopy data deposition in suitable public repositories
  • Create a public, open database for quality-control measurements (metrology database)

Project structure

The I3D:bio project is structured into three work packages to create and iteratively refine the project outputs based on community needs.

Who is I3D:bio?

I3D:bio is a DFG-funded joint project of the Universities of Düsseldorf, Osnabrück and Freiburg, and the German Cancer Research Center.

Meet the Team

Background of I3D:bio

Since 2017, the working group “Image Analysis” of the German BioImaging society focused increasingly on the topic of research data management, too. Teaming up with partners from the OME consortium, a new group emerged in 2020: RDM4mic (research data management for microscopy) has established itself as an exchange platform to share experience on bioimaging data management. The group consists of members from core facilities in Germany, and it is open to anyone who is interested. Collectively, the group identified shared goals, common issues and bottlenecks or shortcomings of the individual data handling practices. It’s specific focus is leveraging the open-source image data management platform OMERO (OME remote objects). Several imaging core facilities run OMERO instances to serve their users. Four partners from RDM4mic jointly created the I3D:bio initiative, now receiving funding via the DFG program “information infrastructure for research data” since 2022.