Metadata tools comparison chart

View brief descriptions and links to documentation for each of the tools listed below.

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Software Type Platforms Supported Data Formats Metadata Schema* Research Subjects
Annotare desktop application Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Mac (OS X) any format MIAME High-throughput biomedical investigations that can be described using the MIAME format
DataUp web application Windows, Mac, Linux  tabular data EML  Best for earth, environmental, and ecological studies
ISA Creator desktop application Windows, Mac, Linux  any format  ISA-Tab Good for life sciences
Morpho desktop application Windows, Mac (OS 8, 9, X), Linux any format  EML  Ecology
OMERO desktop OR web application Windows, Mac (OS X), Linux; requires local server setup image files, over 100 formats supported  NA Microscopy
OntoMaton Google spreadsheet plug-in Windows, Mac, Linux  tabular data  NA  Best for biomedical research 
RightField Excel plug-in Windows, Mac (OS X), Linux tabular data NA  any field


* Definitions of metadata schemas:

  • MIAMEMinimum Information About a Microarray Experiment | more about MIAME
  • EMLEcological Markup Language | more about EML
  • ISA-TabInvestigation, Study, and Assay general-purpose tabular format | more about ISA-Tab
  • NA: no metadata schema is used in this tool