The Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Glencoe Software, Inc. are pleased to announce that Glencoe Software has been named as the exclusive provider of commercial licenses for the LOCI’s popular Bio-Formats microscopy file format converter library. LOCI is one of the key members of the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) Consortium, a group of academic imaging laboratories dedicated to delivering great tools for biological imaging research. Bio-formats is open source software licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPL) and is used in hundreds of laboratories around the world to read >60 proprietary image file formats. Glencoe Software is a member of the OME Consortium, a development partner in the Bio-formats project, and is dedicated to continued development of this important tool for the biological research community.
In announcing the agreement, LOCI Director, Kevin Eliceiri, said, “I am pleased to announce this agreement with Glencoe Software for commercial licensing of Bio-Formats. While we are dedicated to keeping the open source nature of Bio-Formats, this agreement ensures that commercial organizations can make use of Bio-Formats as well. This is consistent with our goal of making Bio-Formats available across the biological imaging community.”
Dr. Jason Swedlow, Founder and President of Glencoe Software, Inc., said, “Bio-Formats is a critical resource for hundreds of users around the world, and we look forward to continuing our contributions to this important project. We are happy to help expand the delivery of Bio-Formats to the commercial imaging community. Bio-Formats licensing is just one more example of our dedication to supporting open source software for biological imaging and our continuing collaboration with the OME Consortium.”