CytoSHOW is a novel client-server software system for data exploration. Based on the widely used and open source ImageJ (v1) image analysis platform, the CytoSHOW client program is freely available to the public (www.cytoshow.org). It extends ImageJ to deal with several modes of microscopy data, and it interfaces with CytoSHOW server to traffic images on demand to and from remote storage locations. CytoSHOW server rapidly delivers image frames to the remote client viewer, but only as they are specifically called upon by the client user's exploration through the dimensions of the 4D data space. The full data set need never be downloaded, saving hours and gigabytes in client storage space. Yet, the client viewer has full access to browse and analyze high-resolution images while they navigate entire image data set as if they were stored in his/her computer.
CytoSHOW provides users with tools that facilitate data annotation and sharing. In CytoSHOW, curated annotation tags can be created, display and shared. CytoSHOW also provides the ability to save/share URL links that capture a precise moment, position, and angle of view. A user who clicks such a link sees the viewing program automatically display and annotate a that exact same image/time-point from the data set of interest. Importantly, though, the user still has full access to browse and analyze the entire image data set and all of its tags. In other words, such scene-links focus a viewer's introduction to the data, but the viewer is never constrained from exploring the data's full extents, if s/he so chooses.
The WormGUIDES Atlas models are similarly endowed with novel "bookmarking" tools for data sharing. Therefore, to link the WormGUIDES atlas model and CytoSHOW primary data, we will annotate the WormGUIDES Atlas with scene-links into each cell's supporting data sets. We believe this plan embodies a uniquely thorough approach to full disclosure of supporting data while facilitating its analyses, sharing and representation.