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This is the development version of alabaster.spatial; for the stable release version, see alabaster.spatial.

Save and Load Spatial 'Omics Data to/from File

Bioconductor version: Development (3.19)

Save SpatialExperiment objects and their images into file artifacts, and load them back into memory. This is a more portable alternative to serialization of such objects into RDS files. Each artifact is associated with metadata for further interpretation; downstream applications can enrich this metadata with context-specific properties.

Author: Aaron Lun [aut, cre]

Maintainer: Aaron Lun <infinite.monkeys.with.keyboards at gmail.com>

Citation (from within R, enter citation("alabaster.spatial")):


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if (!require("BiocManager", quietly = TRUE))

# The following initializes usage of Bioc devel


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Saving spatial experiments HTML R Script
Reference Manual PDF


biocViews DataImport, DataRepresentation, Software
Version 1.3.1
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.17 (R-4.3) (1 year)
License MIT + file LICENSE
Depends SpatialExperiment, alabaster.base
Imports methods, utils, grDevices, S4Vectors, alabaster.sce, rhdf5
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Suggests testthat, knitr, rmarkdown, BiocStyle, DropletUtils, magick, png, digest
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Source Package alabaster.spatial_1.3.1.tar.gz
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