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Save Bioconductor Objects To File

Bioconductor version: Release (3.18)

Save Bioconductor data structures into file artifacts, and load them back into memory. This is a more robust and 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>

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


To install this package, start R (version "4.3") and enter:

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


For older versions of R, please refer to the appropriate Bioconductor release.


To view documentation for the version of this package installed in your system, start R and enter:

Creating new applications HTML R Script
Extending to new data structures HTML R Script
Saving and loading artifacts HTML R Script
Reference Manual PDF


biocViews DataImport, DataRepresentation, Software
Version 1.2.1
In Bioconductor since BioC 3.17 (R-4.3) (1 year)
License MIT + file LICENSE
Imports alabaster.schemas, methods, utils, S4Vectors, rhdf5, jsonlite, jsonvalidate, Rcpp
System Requirements C++17, GNU make
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Suggests BiocStyle, rmarkdown, knitr, testthat, digest, Matrix
Linking To Rcpp, Rhdf5lib
Depends On Me alabaster, alabaster.bumpy, alabaster.files, alabaster.mae, alabaster.ranges, alabaster.sce,, alabaster.spatial, alabaster.string, alabaster.vcf
Imports Me alabaster.matrix
Suggests Me
Links To Me
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Source Package alabaster.base_1.2.1.tar.gz
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