Dear BioImage Analysts,
I've opened a proposal for a dedicated BioImage Analysis forum on StackExchange. This is an experiment to see if there's a sufficiently large community interested to discuss image analysis solutions across ecosystems (i.e spanning ImageJ/ImgLib2, KNIME, Python, Matlab, CellProfiler and more).
If you like the idea, please support it by following the project proposal and suggesting example questions (one sentence suffices) that define the scope of the new forum.
Following discussions within the NEUBIAS community and on the latest NEUBIAS2020 conference in Lisbon, it was proposed to create a new forum that allows discussion of image analysis solutions independent of the software used, in combination with the @Call4Help initiative announced on another thread.
As the ImageJ forum and its community aim to be open for discussion of solutions independent of the ecosystem, and explicitly welcome discussing and comparing image analysis solutions involving KNIME, CellProfiler, Icy or even projects totally unrelated to ImageJ (such as Python or Matlab), the initial trial was to direct the discussion of problems raised in the call4help sessions to the ImageJ forum.
Despite the efforts to communicate the openness of the ImageJ forum discussions, concerns were raised in the NEUBIAS community, stating that the "branding" of the ImageJ forum and its implicit focus on ImageJ and the SciJava ecosystem would discourage people to suggest solutions based on non-ImageJ software.
In an attempt to create a software-independent discussion platform, I created a proposal for a general BioImage Analysis forum on StackExchange. To make it as easy as possible for the existing communities of the ImageJ, CellProfiler, Icy and KNIME forums to sustain yet another image analysis-related forum, the idea is to cross-link from and to the new forum using the OpenGraph protocol that allows embedding (aka one-boxing) the content across forum instances (both StackExchange and Discourse - the forum backend used by the ImageJ and CellProfiler forums - support this protocol).
How to support the idea
If you agree that an ecosystem-independent forum for general discussion of (bio)image analysis solutions would be useful, please:
- register on stackexchange.com (you can use your account from stackoverflow.com if you have one)
- follow the proposal,
- suggest a few example question that illustrate the type of discussions you'd see fit in this new forum, and
- vote on the question that have been suggested already.
As stated above, the whole thing is no more than an experiment yet, to see if the community interest is large enough. But if we get enough people to support the project, we might soon have another great resource that connects the various image analysis communities of ImageJ, KNIME, CellProfiler, Icy, Matlab, Python, etc.