Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Image Management for Biological Data

  • Arnab BhattacharyaEmail author
  • Vebjorn Ljosa
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_629


Databases for biomedical images; Image management for life sciences


Image management for biological data refers to the organization of biological images and their associated metadata and annotations in a digital system so that they can be searched, retrieved and shared.

Historical Background

The need to manage digital micrographs stored in a computer arose in the early 1990s, when digital cameras started to replace film cameras. Rapid improvement in microscopy technology coupled with steady decline in prices led to an unprecedented increase in the collection of digital biomedical images. As a result, the requirement for systems to organize, search and share the images became clear. At the same time, the successes of large scale acquisition and analysis of genomic and gene expression data have prompted an increased interest in large-scale image analysis and the use of statistical methods to find patterns in large image sets. The ability of images to capture spatial...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyKanpurIndia
  2. 2.Broad Institute of MIT and HarvardCambridgeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Louiqa Raschid
    • 1
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA