The BioImage Archive stores and distributes biological images that are useful to life-science researchers. Its development will provide data archiving services to the broader bioimaging database community. This includes added-value bioimaging data resources such as EMPIAR, Cell-IDR and Tissue-IDR. Read more


There are multiple routes for submission of images to the archive. Depending on the type of data you have, choose one of the resources below.

Scope Technologies Biological Samples and Models Data resource
Molecules to cells Electron cryo-microscopy (EM)*, Electron cryo-tomography*, Scanning EM (FIB SEM, SBF SEM, array tomography), Soft X-ray tomography, X-ray microscopy Macromolecular structure by single-particle methods, high-resolution subcellular organelles and structure. EMPIAR
Cells Wide field, TIRF Confocal, Quantitative Phase Microscopy, High content screening Single molecule (LM), Subcellular and cellular structure architecture, dynamics; Single cell macromolecule localization; Cellular response to small molecule- or genome-wide perturbation. Cell-IDR
Tissues Light-Sheet Microscopy, Multiphoton Microscopy, Digital Pathology, Optical Projection Tomography, Micro-CT Mass cytometry Tissue structure, molecular localization and dynamics, Pathology and histology sections. Tissue-IDR
All biological images which do not fit into any of the resources above Magnetic resonance imaging, Ultrasound imaging, Super-resolution microscopy, photoacoustic imaging, light-field microscopy, Brillouin microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, other Human medical data is out of scope. BioImage Archive

* For processed EM or cryo-tomography data, please go to EMDB.

The BioImage Archive aims to facilitate access to scientific image datasets linked to a publication or public studies from basic, preclinical and clinical research. Medical datasets that are linked to an identifiable individual and/or have a primary use in medical treatment are not in scope. In case of human image data where consent for publication is demonstrated, publication in the BioImage Archive will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Human cell lines and tissue arrays are in scope if they are not linked to an individual and do not have phenotypic data allowing for identification.

All data submitted to the BioImage Archive must be consented for a public release and the submitter self certifies that they have the rights to submit such data to a public archive.

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The ongoing development will be enabled by capital investment from the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and operational costs supported by EMBL member state funding.

The BioImage Archive will build on a history of funding from BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, MRC, Global BioImaging, Euro-BioImaging, Horizon 2020, and previous UK Government technical infrastructure investment.