What is OMERO?
OMERO is a modern client-server software platform for managing your scientific images that is now available to all scientists here at the Biozentrum.
OMERO recognises the growing challenges of dealing with the vast amount of microscopy data that may be acquired over a PhD or Post-Doc life time. Further still, for an individual PI during the life time of a lab with multiple scientists leaving and entering the lab, managing microscopy image data is a major task.
OMERO supports the management of microscopy image data and allows for their visualisation, annotation, archiving, and export. OMERO also allows you to collaborate with colleagues in the lab or anywhere in the world by creating user groups. OMERO is supported by Bio-Formats, which allows for over 120 different microscopy file formats to be imported into the OMERO software.
For details about the OMERO project, please see the OME project web site: http://www.openmicroscopy.org/site
OMERO Project & Dataset
OMERO structures your images into Projects and Datasets. A Project may have one or more Datasets - a Dataset may have one or more images.
Note: an image may exist within one or more Datasets.
It is useful to give consideration as to how you structure your work within OMERO. For example, we are undertaking a project that involves taking 4 sets of images using a microscope. As such each experiment is represented as the Project and each set of images is a Dataset within the Project. OMERO allows for 1 Project per experiment and 1 Dataset per experiment condition.
This is illustrated in the following diagram: