Kia ora, from New Zealand,
My institute is planning a general implementation of new research data management tools that cover data spanning a wide spectrum (various omics, remote instrument data, GIS and microscopy). OMERO is the tool that we (the light and electron microscopy people) want because it is, frankly, the best tool for the job and awesome.
It is likely that, if implemented here, OMERO would have to be part of a ecosystem of other repositories. I’m hoping that some of you may be able to share some thoughts and experiences working between OMERO and other repositories. Currently it looks like CKAN or Figshare may be contenders for a general repository.
The committee working on this asked me the following questions.
Can the image files accessed using OMERO’s tools be stored in a different repository (e.g., CKAN, Figshare or myTardis)?
Is it possible to keep the dataset level metadata (i.e. description of project and data, who owns the data and contact person etc.) with the organisational catalogue/repository and keep this linked to the image level metadata with OMERO (e.g. sample ID, how samples were treated/prepared, instrument parameters etc.)?
Secondly, we will use repository (FigShare or CKAN) to share and publish data. What role could OMERO have in the sharing/publishing of data, mainly to external users?
I know that OMERO can be used in an externally facing repository role. I’m interested in how people make multi-repository environments work. If you have got this far. Thanks for persevering through my long post .