REMBI: Recommended Metadata for Biological Images-enabling reuse of microscopy data in biology

Ugis Sarkans (Lead / Corresponding author), Wah Chiu, Lucy Collinson, Michele C. Darrow, Jan Ellenberg, David Grunwald, Jean-Karim Hériché, Andrii Iudin, Gabriel G. Martins, Terry Meehan, Kedar Narayan, Ardan Patwardhan, Matthew Robert Geoffrey Russell, Helen R. Saibil, Caterina Strambio-De-Castillia, Jason R. Swedlow, Christian Tischer, Virginie Uhlmann, Paul Verkade, Mary BarlowOmer Bayraktar, Ewan Birney, Cesare Catavitello, Christopher Cawthorne, Stephan Wagner-Conrad, Elizabeth Duke, Perrine Paul-Gilloteaux, Emmanuel Gustin, Maria Harkiolaki, Pasi Kankaanpää, Thomas Lemberger, Jo McEntyre, Josh Moore, Andrew W. Nicholls, Shuichi Onami, Helen Parkinson, Maddy Parsons, Marina Romanchikova, Nicholas Sofroniew, Jim Swoger, Nadine Utz, Lenard M. Voortman, Frances Wong, Peijun Zhang, Gerard J. Kleywegt (Lead / Corresponding author), Alvis Brazma (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Bioimaging data have significant potential for reuse, but unlocking this potential requires systematic archiving of data and metadata in public databases. We propose draft metadata guidelines to begin addressing the needs of diverse communities within light and electron microscopy. We hope this publication and the proposed Recommended Metadata for Biological Images (REMBI) will stimulate discussions about their implementation and future extension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1418-1422
Number of pages5
JournalNature Methods
Early online date21 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Data integration
  • Molecular imaging
  • Optical imaging


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