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The Cell: An Image Library - CCDB

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Submit your cellular images to The Cell: An Image Library - CCDB is a public and easily accessible resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells, capturing a wide diversity of organisms, cell types, and cellular processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research on cellular activity, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

This Library is a repository for images and movies of cells from a variety of organisms. It demonstrates cellular architecture and functions with high quality images, videos, and animations. This comprehensive and easily accessible Library is designed as a public resource first and foremost for research, and secondarily as a tool for education. The long-term goal is the construction of a library of images that will serve as primary data for research.

The Library effort represents not only the creation of the electronic infrastructure, but also a systematic protocol for acquisition, evaluation, annotation, and uploading of images, videos, and animations.

How to Join

There are two ways to participate.

First, submit your cellular images to the Library for possible inclusion. Information on how to do this can be found at Please feel free to start this aspect of the project immediately.

Second, coming soon we will be asking the cell biology community to participate in online annotation of both the metadata about the images as well as annotating the regions of the images. To participate in this aspect of the project send an email expressing your interest to David Orloff at

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Online access.
Knowledge of cell biology.

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At home
Tags animations, cell, images, videos
Project Updated 04/22/2017