Cell biology is increasingly focused on cellular heterogeneity and multicellular systems. To make the fullest use of experimental, clinical, and computational efforts, we need standardized data formats, community-curated "public data libraries", and tools to combine and analyze shared data. To address these needs, our multidisciplinary community created MultiCellDS (MultiCellular Data Standard): an extensible standard, a library of digital cell lines and tissue snapshots, and support software. With the help of experimentalists, clinicians, modelers, and data and library scientists, we can grow this seed into a community-owned ecosystem of shared data and tools, to the benefit of basic science, engineering, and human health.

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Friedman, S.H. (Samuel), Anderson, A.R.A. (Alexander), Bortz, D.M. (David), Fletcher, A.G. (Alexander, Frieboes, H.B. (Herman), Ghaffarizadeh, A. (Ahmadreza ), … Macklin, P. (Paul). (2016). MultiCellDS: a standard and a community for sharing multicellular data. bioRxiv.