The Open Microscopy Environment Consortium has defined a file format called OME-XML for biological image data including a rich set of microscopy-specific metadata. OME-XML’s major strength lies in its extensible, human-readable XML schemas for image metadata. Unfortunately, OME-XML has some of drawbacks:
To address these concerns, we have created the OME-TIFF Format to maximize the respective strengths of OME-XML and TIFF, taking advantage of the rich metadata defined in OME-XML while retaining the pixels in multi-page TIFF format for greater compatibility.
An OME-TIFF dataset has the following characteristics:
For detailed technical information on OME-TIFF, see the OME-TIFF Specification.
There is further information about OME-XML And OME-TIFF Software Tools available.
We also have some OME TIFF Example Source Code in Java for reading and writing OME-TIFF.
Lastly, some OME-TIFF Sample Data is available for download, along with statistics comparing OME-TIFF and OME-XML with various types of compression.