OMERO: Open source scientific image data management platform

Jason Swedlow (Artist)

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    The Java-based OMERO platform ( includes server and client applications that combine an image metadata database, a binary image data repository and high performance visualization and analysis. The current release of OMERO (4.4; includes a single mechanism for accessing image data of all types-- regardless of original file format-- via Java, C/C++ and Python and a variety of applications and environments (e.g., ImageJ, Matlab and CellProfiler). Support for large images from digital pathology is now included. This version of OMERO includes a number of new functions, including SSL-based secure access, distributed compute facility, filesystem access for OMERO clients, and a scripting facility for image processing. A permissions system controls access to data within OMERO and enables sharing of data with users in a specific group or even publishing of image data to the worldwide community. Using these facilities, OMERO and Bio-Formats run the JCB DataViewer (, the world’s first on-line scientific image publishing system and several other institutional image data repositories. All OME software is open source and available at
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDundee
    PublisherOpen Microscopy Environment
    Media of outputOnline
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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