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Quality Control & Data Management

Working Group
The turtle shell - Frederic Bonnet

The BINA Quality Control and Data Management Working Group (QC-DM WG) was created to help drive the North American and international imaging communities’ efforts to improve the reproducibility, comparability, downstream analysis and re-use of image data through rigorous record-keeping, quality control, and data management.

As such the QC-DM WG will concentrated its efforts in two directions:

  1. Work in close connection with similar global efforts to generate shared guidelines and usable tools to facilitate the quantitative assessment and calibration of microscope performance, rigorous record-keeping of image acquisition conditions, and management of data in a manner that facilitates connecting resulting imaging dataset with metadata describing its “provenance.”
  2. Work in close connection with the BINA Communication WG to promote the dissemination of emerging best practices to the entire imaging community in North America and at large.

Resources

Imaging standards to ease reproducibility and the everyday

Editorial article featured by Nature Methods in the June 2022 issue, discussing the headway made on standards for imaging and microscopy by the QC-DM BINA working group in collaboration with QUAREP-LiMi and other international organizations.

The making of microscope camera standards

Editorial article featured by Nature Methods in the June 2022 issue, discussing the efforts carried out by QUAREP-LiMi’s WG2 on Detection Systems Performance and WG7 on Metadata in collaboration with representatives from major global camera manufacturers (i.e., Andor, Hamamatsu, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, PCO, Scientifica, Teledyne Photometrics, and Zeiss) to standardize the metadata information provided by manufacturers about cameras.

BINA Community Conversation - January 2022

The BINA January 2022 Community Conversation, hosted by the Quality Control and Data Management Working Group (QCDM WG) reviewed and discussed the microscopy reporting and reproducibility needs of the bioimaging community as featured in the Dec 2021 Nature Methods Focus Issue. Each of the presenters shared about their article in that Nature Methods FOCUS issue on Reporting and Reproducibility (https://www.nature.com/collections/djiciihhjh), and the recording of this session is available here (with a French transcript available).

This document provides an overview of the publications and resources discussed to help dissemination amongst your colleagues and a summary of the surveys conducted during that session regarding attendees practices related to Reporting and Reproducibility is available here.

Focus Issue of Nature Methods - Reporting and reproducibility in microscopy - Dec 2021

Congratulations to the Quality Control & Data Management (QCDM) Working Group, Quality Assessment and Reproducibility for Instruments & Images in Light Microscopy (QUAREP-LiMi) initiative and all the participating BINA members for producing the amazing collection of articles featured in the December Focus issue of Nature Methods!

Sharing, teaching and singing to bring people together on microscopy standards

Editorial article featured by Nature Methods in the December 2021 issue, profiling the work conducted by the QC-DM BINA working group in collaboration with QUAREP-LiMi and other international organizations to bring people together to build consensus around Microscopy Standards.

Metrology Suitcase

The BINA QCDM WG is working on a metrology suitcase program for the North American region