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

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 (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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cellular Structures / ultrastructure*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Internet
  • Microscopy*
  • Organelles / ultrastructure
  • Video Recording