Annotated Plankton Images - Data Set for Development and Evaluation of Classification Methods
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Annotated Plankton Images - Data Set for Developing and Evaluating Classification Methods

The data set available here comprises > 3.5 million images of microscopic marine plankton, organized according to category labels provided by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The images are currently placed into one of 103 categories.

The annotated image set can be downloaded at the following citable URI:

Check here to view example images for each category:

These images were collected in situ by automated submersible imaging-in-flow cytometry with an instrument called Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB). IFCB was designed and built at WHOI, and is now commercially available. Read the papers describing the original IFCB here: Olson and Sosik 2007; Sosik and Olson 2007.

The images described here are part of a much larger data set (>700 million images) collected by IFCB at the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) starting in 2006 and continuing to the present. Near real time image data and the complete archive are accessible for browse and download at the IFCB Data Dashboard.