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After the success of the protein and nucleic acid sequence databases, it was realized that a valuable aspect of researchers’ efforts, microscopic images, needed a similar database. Specialized databases like the Cell Centered Database were created for emerging technologies like electron tomography, but were not equipped to handle individual images from laboratories. There were many extant collections of specific types of images from researchers and there was great interest in having these collections be broader and easily shared.
(Orloff., 2013) The cell: an image library-CCDB: a curated repository of microscopy data. Nucleic Acids Res.