About MediaDive

The mission of MediaDive is to transform poorly structured media recipes into a standardized database. Therefore, we mined thousands of PDF and HTML documents and developed the database. We built the MediaDive web interface to share this development with the community. To ensure the quality of the media and continous improvement of the database, we developed an internal editor interface. Experts at the DSMZ are creating new media and curating the existing media using this interface.

If MediaDive is helpful to your research, please consider citing our paper:

Koblitz, J., Halama, P., Spring, S., Thiel, V., Baschien, C., Hahnke, R., Pester, M., Overmann, J. and Reimer, L. (2022) MediaDive: the expert-curated cultivation media database. Nucleic Acids Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkac803

Have a look at our flash talk (a.k.a. ePoster) at the VAAM, where we introduced MediaDive to the community:


  • June 2022

    The name of the database was changed to MediaDive and the design was completely revised.

    Revamping the RESTful API.

  • February 2022

    Large database update with plenty of new features.

  • December 2021

    The media curation of all DSMZ media is now performed by experts.

  • September 2021

    Updating the Media database and adding more features.

  • July 2021

    Finishing MediaDev, an internal curator interface for the media data.

  • April 2021

    BacMedia is live and open for everyone.

  • March 2021

    Polishing BacMedia website, improving documentation, preparing for deployment.

  • February 2021

    Finished manual curation of all extracted media data.

  • January 2021

    Building the first version of BacMedia.

  • November 2020

    Extraction of the media data from PDF and Word documents.

  • October 2020

    Start of this project.