Creative new microscopes most often need dedicated software for operation. Creating these software solutions is laborious, and many of us recognize that we can all help each other, facilitate re-use and avoid duplication. Raghav Chhetri, Stephan Preibisch and I organized a workshop about this topic that took place in February 2020 at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus. Workshop participants showed a great desire to build a community (much larger and more inclusive than the Workshop participants) to work together towards modular tool-sets for microscope control that can be used from multiple computer programming languages and platforms.
We summarized some of the ideas that arose during the workshop in a white paper available on arXiv (https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.00082), and started a temporary github repository (https://github.com/nicost/uScopeControl) to provide some means for communication and collaboration. We are partnering with Kevin Eliceiri (LOCI, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison) towards creating a website that can act as an umbrella hub for all open source projects concerned with software control of microscopes, including the Micro-Manager project.
Looking forward to seeing your input/suggestions/encouragement/criticism here. Using a github account, you can also respond to https://github.com/nicost/uScopeControl/issues/1 to make it easier to update you of future developments.