More Notes to the Future

Instead of talking about image analysis, this post will document the setup of a multiuser multisite ELN based on WordPress. Lots of the hard work was done by Steve Royle and detailed on his blog here and here. I found his technical post immeasurably helpful so to pay it forward, I wanted to share the details of our setup.

Apologies to anyone not dealing with the sysadmin side of things. You may want to skip this one.

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Staying in (version) control

As part of my job, I find myself writing lots of bits of code for people. Until quite recently, my version control system was renaming the files and commenting in the header to keep track of changes.

Not the tidiest system

I say “quite recently” as I started using git as my version control system and have not looked back. I’m by no means an expert, but in this post, I’m going to give an introduction to using git in the context of scripting.

This post is really aimed at people who have no experience with version control systems or have heard about git but have never really used it (or have tried and failed to get the hang of it as I did…twice).

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In the Bin

A lot of work we do at the CCI uses scanning confocal microscopes, which have the advantage that the operator can pick the number of pixels in X and Y that will make up the final image.

For camera-based systems this is a less simple endeavour as the array of the CCD chip is fixed. For this reason, we may want to downsample or bin our images. In this post we’ll cover a bit of theory and details on how (and why) to bin your images.

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Thoughts on #LiveTweeting

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As a part of the Centre for Cell Imaging and a member of the Microscopy and BioImage Analysis community, I occasionally get away to conferences like the recent NEUBIAS training school and symposium in Portugal.


Since having joined Twitter last year (@dn_mason), this is the second conference that I’ve been to, and as a result, was the second time I tried (with reasonable success) to Live Tweet at the conference.

Live What Now?

Going right back to basics, Twitter is a platform for broadcasting small messages (of ~140 characters). Some describe it as micro-blogging. To many, the brevity of each tweet is both it’s greatest strength and also one of the most frustrating features.

Live tweeting, is basically the act of providing a running commentary of a seminar, event or even a whole conference. All of the tweets associated with such an event can be tied together using…

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Tools for Open Access Research

As it’s Open Access week, I’ve decided to write a post about Open Access in the context of software, file formats and Imaging Data.

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Show me the data!

While this blog is principally about Image Analysis (turning images into numbers), Data Analysis (turning numbers into something meaningful) is also really important.

In this post I’m going to explain how to display your data in a beeswarm plot and why you might want to do this. Simple statistics are great but show me the data!

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Waving Your Wand

Often, image analysis involves the measurement of objects, be they nuclei, cells or bacteria. There are plenty of good ways to select the boundaries of these objects, using freehand or segmented selections, and we’ve covered segmentation based on thresholding before.

This post is going to take a step back and look at how the magic wand tool works. It’s quick and simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Let’s wave our wands!

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