Chairs: Antje Keppler (Euro-BioImaging, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany) and Claire Brown (Canada BioImaging, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Imaging facility managers are expected by their universities, research organizations, and funders to demonstrate their performance in measurable indicators, including assessment of impact for science as well as the benefit for society at large. This international working group (currently comprising members from Australia, Canada, France, Korea, Uruguay and EMBL) recently have published the “International Recommendation for Measuring Imaging Core Facility Impact”, a comprehensive framework of highly relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Socio-Economic Indicators (SEI). The framework includes an indication of how easy or difficult it might be to gather different types of information to measure the related metrics from an imaging core facility perspective. This common set of guidelines for the community will act as a resource and a tool to demonstrate value and importance of imaging facilities for high quality reproducible research to colleagues, departments, faculties, institutions and funding bodies. One of our next objectives is to determine how Global BioImaging can align with and raise awareness about the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals).
Chairs: Shuichi Onami (Advanced Bioimaging Support, RIKEN, Kobe, Japan) and Josh Moore (Open Microscopy Environment, University of Dundee, United Kingdom)
The Image Data Management working group focuses on the topics of data management, analysis, and the wider sharing ecosystem. This includes developing recommendations for data formats, the re-use of analysis technologies, and international collaboration between image data repositories. The working group contributes to the Global BioImaging international recommendation documents and works with other relevant international activities, developer groups, and national and regional repositories and databases to contribute to the development of image data management, analysis, and sharing solutions. Members of this working group are encouraged to submit requirements for standard formats, experiences in sharing data analysis technologies, and ideal forms of international collaboration for image data repositories.
Chair: Julie Rothacker (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
The Quality Management working group focuses on the topic of Quality Management for open access imaging core facilities. This includes discussions about Quality Assurance, Quality Systems and Reproducibility. One key objective is to share experiences of developing, implementing and maintaining a Quality Management System across different imaging core facilities (e.g. Microscopy and Biomedical Imaging) with a global perspective. Sharing of experiences encourages core facilities to operate with best practice procedures and builds awareness of international standards. Members of this working group are involved in providing suggestions on building awareness of the benefits of quality management and ways we can support core facilities wanting to pursue a system, training of staff to understand the standard, framework and requirements. The working group will continue to update the Global BioIMaging international recommendations document, connecting with other Quality Assurance focused working groups such as Quarep-LiMi and developing tools to support the implementation and auditing training requirements.
Chair: Gleb Grebnev (Global BioImaging, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
This working group focuses on the topic of training of imaging scientists who work in imaging core facilities. One of the key objectives of this WG is to share existing and upcoming training initiatives including training resources and platforms between representatives of national and international infrastructures and networks. Sharing of training resources and platforms can avoid duplication of effort and ensure synergies. This WG also focuses on supporting the Global BioImaging Training Resource. Members of this WG are involved in providing suggestions on the functionality of the platform and the submission procedure to the resource. In addition, this WG will focus on developing the best practice for organizing and hosting online training events such as courses, workshops, and webinars and publish this recommendation as a Global BioImaging document.