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ASCB launches 'The Cell: An Image Library' to inspire discovery and improve human health
Date:12/13/2010

Philadelphia, December 13, 2010 The American Society for Cell Biology, in collaboration with Glencoe Software, Inc and the Open Microscopy Environment (OME), today announce the launch of The Cell: An Image Library at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. In 2009 the ASCB was awarded a $2.5M stimulus grant through the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Grand Opportunities program to build a novel multi-dimensional image library of scientific images of cells and their constituents. This online resource of digital images was first made publicly available on August 9, 2010, and is now fully operational and freely available to multiple end users across research, clinical, educational and public communities internationally. The library is available at http://cellimagelibrary.org and currently houses nearly a thousand images. Submission of images to The Cell is open to the community, and the collection should grow rapidly.

The Cell library is an easily accessible public resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms. The purpose of this database is (1) to advance research on cellular activity with the ultimate goal of improving human health, and (2) to provide a public educational resource that contributes to the understanding of the wonders of the biology of living organisms.

There are numerous significant outcomes that are being realized as The Cell library evolves: (1) historically important archives of cellular microscopy image data are being uploaded, (2) dormant, off-line image data are being made available for review and re-discovery with modern microscopy analysis techniques, (3) a common image file format for biological research, OME-TIFF, is being further utilized, and (4) the foundation is being built for a systematic protocol for image uploading, evaluation and metadata-annotation. Ultimately, the Image Library will usher in a revolution in educational resource tools
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Contact: David Orloff
dorloff@ascb.org
30-134-793-005
American Society for Cell Biology
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