The FGED Society created a simple tab-delimited, spreadsheet-based format, MAGE-TAB for annotating and communicating microarray data in a MIAME compliant fashion. MAGE-TAB enabled laboratories without bioinformatics experience or support to manage, exchange and submit well-annotated microarray data in a standard format using spreadsheet software.

The MAGE-TAB format evolved from earlier work known as MAGE-ML, an XML-based format that proved impractical for laboratories lacking dedicated bioinformatics support. MAGE-TAB is self-contained and does not require an understanding of MAGE-ML or XML.

MAGE-TAB publication: A simple spreadsheet-based, MIAME-supportive format for microarray data: MAGE-TAB. Tim F. Rayner et al. (2006) BMC Bioinformatics, 7, 489

Annotare is a software tool for use by bench biologists to help them annotate biomedical investigations and generate MAGE-TAB formatted results for sharing or deposition into data repositories.

MAGE-TAB Specification 1.1 (PDF, 58Mb), Released 2011-07-28