The BioImage Archive - building a home for life-sciences microscopy data

Matthew Hartley, Gerard J. Kleywegt, Ardan Patwardhan, Ugis Sarkans, Jason R. Swedlow, Alvis Brazma

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    Despite the huge impact of data resources in genomics and structural biology, until now there has been no central archive for biological data for all imaging modalities. The BioImage Archive is a new data resource at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) designed to fill this gap. In its initial development BioImage Archive accepts bioimaging data associated with publications, in any format, from any imaging modality from the molecular to the organism scale, excluding medical imaging. The BioImage Archive will ensure reproducibility of published studies that derive results from image data and reduce duplication of effort. Most importantly, the BioImage Archive will help scientists to generate new insights through reuse of existing data to answer new biological questions, and provision of training, testing and benchmarking data for development of tools for image analysis. The archive is available at

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number167505
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
    Issue number11
    Early online date18 Feb 2022
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2022


    • FAIR
    • database
    • imaging
    • microscopy
    • open

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biophysics
    • Structural Biology
    • Molecular Biology


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