Annotated Plankton Images - Data Set for Developing and Evaluating Classification Methods.
Authors: Heidi M. Sosik, Emily E. Peacock, Emily F. Brownlee
The data sets available here contain millions of images of microscopic marine plankton, organized according to category labels provided by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The images are currently placed into one of 103 categories.
These images were collected in situ by automated imaging-in-flow cytometry with an instrument called Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB). IFCB was designed and built at WHOI, and is now commercially available. Read the papers describing the original IFCB here: Olson and Sosik 2007; Sosik and Olson 2007.
The images described here are part of a much larger data set (>700 million images) collected by IFCB at the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) starting in 2006 and continuing to the present. Near real time image data and the complete archive are accessible for browse and download at the IFCB Data Dashboard.
The annotated images in this data collection are organized into separate data files, one for each year in which the images were originally collected. Within each zip file, images are organized in sub-directories according to category. More information and example images associated with each category label can be found here: https://github.com/hsosik/WHOI-Plankton/wiki.