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Image Analysis

The Workgroup 'Image Analysis' (WG6) acts as an interface between basic user and image analysts with the aim of providing image analysis tools.
Within this website we provide detailed information about:
  1. » Image Analysis Software
  2. The Status Quo of tasks / projects
  • Which can be addressed
  • Developers are working on
  • To be addressed (based on a community wide survey)→ Survey Image Analysis 2013 [results]

This includes:

  • Links to support centres ("Image Analysis Centres") in case experts have to be consulted
  • Where to find expertise / solutions
  • Information about software packages / tools / plug-ins → which package fits best, how to install, etc.
  • Information about certain processing requirements (OS, hardware, cluster execution, etc.)
  • Repository / download centre for plug-ins, workflows incl. example raw data
  • Notes for new tools / projects, developers + users are working on
The website will also provide feed-back possibilities (Wiki, FAQ, mailing lists, etc.) where upcoming problems can be presented and discussed. In correspondence with the survey this will give additional information about further needs to be integrated into the ranking list.


For an overview of future demands concerning image analysis solutions, a web-based survey has been set up.
→ Link to the results of the survey: Survey Image Analysis 2013
The survey was not only addressed to the biological community but moreover to developers in the fields of image analysis and microscopy development in order to keep novel and future developments in focus as well.

Image analysis centres

Although the intention should be to provide as many tools as possible to the end-user as non-expert tool, experiment data will always generate problems which can only be solved by an expert.
For this, “Image Analysis Centres” with direct contact lists, expertises, equipment (software, hardware, cluster processing, data storage) will be provided. Nevertheless, such centres will have to ask for user fees in case of pure support. Other possibilities are:
  • Highest priority problems which makes it - in the context of scientific impact - extremely interesting for image analysis groups to spend development time
  • Common projects / collaborations / etc.


One of the key aspects of this initiative is given by user training → the basic user should be able to set up own image analysis / image mining workflows.
→ Apart from useful documentations on the Image Analysis website it is planned, to organize 2 training courses per year at different locations. Main topics could be arranged together with the community via the Wiki and by filtering the projects ranking lists (survey) resp.

Access to Large Scale Data Facilities

Long term perspectives: Due to the increasing amount of data and thus complexity, questions like data storage, data management, computing power, centralised repositories and so on will more and more be highly significant.

Coordination with external activities

In order to avoid redundancy, to use the same “standards” and to optimise efforts (distribute tasks), every activity of the GerBI Image Analysis WG will be communicated with the corresponding EuroBioImaging initiative ([1]).