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An open community platform for bioimage informatics providing the software resources to visualize, annotate and quantify bioimaging data. To bridge the gap between developers and users, it combines: a) an open-source image analysis software, offering a powerful and flexible environment for developers such as applied mathematicians to write algorithms fast and efficiently; b) a common set of tools to view and manipulate data, and a set of plugins to perform specific quantification or analysis on images; c) a community-based website centralizing all plugins and resources to facilitate their management and maximize their visibility towards users. Workspaces are virtual groups of plugins dedicated to a specific application or image processing domain. By downloading a workspace, ICY automatically installs all corresponding plugins. The workspaces are enabled, but the editing section is not ready yet. If you want to publish a plugin on this website, its code has to be GPL. Source code is available and provided in each application download.

URL: http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/

Resource ID: nlx_45928     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


image analysis, microscopy, javascript, python, plugin, protocol, script

Additional Resource Types

Image Analysis Software, Service Resource, Source Code, Image Processing Software, Software Development Environment, Software Repository






icy bioimage analysis

Parent Organization

Funding Information

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, French National Research Agency, ANR-10-INBS-04-06 FranceBioImaging


Free, Open unspecified license, GNU General Public License, v3, The community can contribute to this resource

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Submitted On

12:00am September 20, 2011

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  • Description was changed
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Version 2

Created 2 months ago by Christie Wang

Version 1

Created 4 years ago by Anonymous

Icy: an open bioimage informatics platform for extended reproducible research.

  • de Chaumont F
  • Nat. Methods
  • 2012 29

Current research in biology uses evermore complex computational and imaging tools. Here we describe Icy, a collaborative bioimage informatics platform that combines a community website for contributing and sharing tools and material, and software with a high-end visual programming framework for seamless development of sophisticated imaging workflows. Icy extends the reproducible research principles, by encouraging and facilitating the reusability, modularity, standardization and management of algorithms and protocols. Icy is free, open-source and available at http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/.