JPEG DNA online workshop announcement
September 21, 2020

The JPEG Committee has decided to explore efficient image coding approaches for applications where DNA is used as storage support. One such application is long term preservation of media content. Because of its past successful history of offering efficient image and image sequence formats for storage and archival applications, the JPEG committee is well positioned to address standardization challenges related to multimedia content efficient representations and, in particular, for image and image sequences in the context of DNA storage.

As a minimum, JPEG committee could launch an activity to convert its existing image coding formats from compressed binary representation to compressed “AGCT” quaternary representation. Standardized image coding approaches along with appropriate tools such as error resiliency and associated metadata, particularly suited to the DNA digital information storage requirements, are also good directions for JPEG to explore. As an immediate step, the DNA digital information storage applications need to be explored more in detail with particular emphasis on image and image sequences as information. They should then be prioritized in terms of time to market and maturity with efforts primarily focusing on specific use cases that can gather a critical mass of stakeholders.

This workshop is organised as part of an Ad Hoc Group that has been created to carry out the above objectives.

Practical information

  • Date: 30 September 2020
  • Time: from 4pm UTC to 5:30 UTC
  • Access: Zoom


  • 4:00pm UTC - Introduction, Touradj Ebrahimi
  • 4:05pm UTC - DNA-based Media Storage: Exploring New Frontiers, Fernando Pereira
  • 4:25pm UTC - Image coding for long-term storage on synthetic DNA, Marc Antonini
  • 4:55pm UTC - Microform and Macromolecules: Issues in archiving digital data on analog or biological storage media, Raja Appuswamy
  • 5:15pm UTC - Wrap up session
  • 5:30pm UTC - End

A first draft of the findings of the JPEG DNA AHG can be found here.

JPEG DNA AHG mailing list is open to public and all stakeholders and interested parties in media technologies and applications that can benefit from DNA storage technologies are invited to join the mailing list and to take part in the activities by registering here.