Exploration on JPEG DNA

JPEG standards are used in storage and archival of digital pictures. This puts the JPEG Committee in a good position to address the challenges of DNA-based storage by proposing an efficient image coding format to create artificial DNA molecules. JPEG DNA has been established as an exploration activity within the JPEG Committee to study use cases, to identify requirements and to assess the state of the art in DNA storage for the purpose of image archival using DNA in order to launch a standardization activity. To this end, multiple workshops were organised. Presentations and recordings of these workshops are available in the Documentation section. The JPEG Committee released a public document that describes its findings regarding storage of digital images using artificial DNA.

At its 99th online meeting, the JPEG committee released a Final Call for Proposals (CfP) for JPEG DNA. This call is accompanies by two additional documents, namely, JPEG DNA Requirements and JPEG DNA Common test conditions.

The call for proposals welcomes contributions in one or two categories of the call, namely, 1) efficient transcoding of already compressed JPEG images from binary to quaternary, 2) coding of uncompressed images in quaternary representation. Proponents to express their interest to submit a proposal by pre-registering before 2023-07-10, submit their proposal package by 2022-10-02 and a technical description by 2023-10-23. Full details about the timeline, submission requirements and evaluation processes are documented in the CfP.

The 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.