What is OMERO?
From the microscope to publication, OMERO handles all your images in a secure central repository. You can view, organize, analyze and share your data from anywhere you have internet access. Work with your images from a desktop app (Windows, Mac or Linux), from the web or from 3rd party software. Over 140 image file formats supported, including all major microscope formats.
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 joining 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 140 different microscopy file formats to be imported into the OMERO software.
For (much) more details about OMERO, please see the corresponding OME project web 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: