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Image Data Resource (IDR) is an online, public data repository seeks to store, integrate and serve image datasets from published scientific studies. We have collected and are continuing to receive existing and newly created “reference image" datasets that are valuable resources for a broad community of users, either because they will be frequently accessed and cited or because they can serve as a basis for re-analysis and the development of new computational tools.

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IDR uses OME’s Bio-Formats and OMERO tools to read, manage and serve data, and provide links to EMBL-EBI’s molecular and structural resources. The resource is built upon EMBL-EBI’s OpenStack-based Embassy infrastructure. All tools used for reading and converting metadata associated with each dataset and all scripts used to build the infrastructure are maintained and available. A parallel system that enables computational re-analysis of IDR data will be released soon.

The IDR includes a virtual analysis environment that provides full access to all data. Please contact us for an account.

Details on accessing the public IDR API are available under about/api.html.

Funding and Project Participants

This project is funded by the BBSRC (BBR Award BB/R015384/1) and is a collaboration between the OME Consortium at Dundee ( and EMBL-EBI. The IDR Project PIs are Jason Swedlow (Dundee), Alvis Brazma (EMBL-EBI) and Rafael Carazo Salas.

Current Status

Currently, the IDR (version 0.6.2, released on 2019-01-16) contains 77.49 Tb of multi-dimensional image data consisting of 49271173 Mio individual planes. IDR contains over a million different experiments. Data comes from studies on human, Drosophila, budding and fission yeast, and mouse cells and tissue. Imaging modalities represented so far include high content screens, time-lapse imaging, whole slide histopathology, and super-resolution microscopy. See the full list of published studies for more details.

The IDR infrastructure

Details of the infrastructure underlying the IDR, and instructions for deploying your IDR own version are on the IDR Deployment page.

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IDR logo version: devel. Last updated: 2019-01-16.