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Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D1241-50. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks1257. Epub 2012 Nov 29.

The cell: an image library-CCDB: a curated repository of microscopy data.

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Center for Research in Biological Systems, Basic Science Building, Room 1000, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Department Code 0608, La Jolla, CA 92093-0608, USA.


The cell: an image library-CCDB (CIL-CCDB) ( is a searchable database and archive of cellular images. As a repository for microscopy data, it accepts all forms of cell imaging from light and electron microscopy, including multi-dimensional images, Z- and time stacks in a broad variety of raw-data formats, as well as movies and animations. The software design of CIL-CCDB was intentionally designed to allow easy incorporation of new technologies and image formats as they are developed. Currently, CIL-CCDB contains over 9250 images from 358 different species. Images are evaluated for quality and annotated with terms from 14 different ontologies in 16 different fields as well as a basic description and technical details. Since its public launch on 9 August 2010, it has been designed to serve as not only an archive but also an active site for researchers and educators.

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