Bioimage Hackathon focusing on OME-NGFF organized by Global BioImaging concludes successfully

Following enthusiastic discussion between prominent members of the image data community to organize a series of bioimage hackathons, Global BioImaging took the lead and organized the first event in the series of Bioimage Hackathons titled Bioimage Hackathon 01: Further developing OME-Zarr specifications and implementations.

The first hackathon of the series featured the topic of OME’s next-generation file format (OME-NGFF). OME-NGFF is built upon the Zarr format and aims to provide bioimage data storage and access taking into the account FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) principles. In addition, OME-NGFF can be hosted and accessed in a cloud and should serve as a file format for storage and access for the next decade. To this end, the hackathon focused on projects which support reading and/or writing of OME-NGFF.

OME.Zarr hackathon featured participants from three continents from the following countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Chech Republic, and Japan. In total, 17 participants worked on various OME.Zarr projects over 4 days resulting in vibrant discussions and concrete objectives being reached. Moreover, this hackathon paved way for collaborations on the topic of OME.Zarr on international scale.