OME (Open Microscopy Environment) develops open-source software and data format standards for the storage and manipulation of biological light microscopy data. A joint project between universities, research establishments and industry in Europe and the USA, OME has over 20 active researchers with strong links to the microscopy community. Funded by private and public research grants, OME has been a major force on the international microscopy stage since 2000.
Bio-Formats is a Java library for reading and writing data in life sciences image file formats. It is developed by the Open Microscopy Environment (particularly UW-Madison LOCI and Glencoe Software). Bio-Formats is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL); commercial licenses are available from Glencoe Software.