A global repository of online microscopy resources

The goal of MicroscopyDB.io is to make it easier to find information relevant to microscopy by putting the links to all microscopy-related content available online into a single database, and sharing the database content on multiple imaging community websites.

A one-stop shop for microscopy resources

A solution for microscopy core facility professionals, imaging scientists and educators to easily share and find online microscopy resources in a database without gaps or duplications.

A one-stop shop for microscopy resources A one-stop shop for microscopy resources

All levels of microscopy are represented, from beginner to expert. The links in the database point to existing online training and education material, useful tips, community fora, up-to-date job offers, conferences and workshops … all related to microscopy.

What can you do with MicroscopyDB.io?

  • Surfer: Are you looking for microscopy information? Browse and search MicroscopyDB.io through a partner website.
  • Contributor: Do you have online microscopy resources and want to increase traffic to them? Upload your own online resource links to MicroscopyDB.io where they can automatically be accessible through multiple partner websites.
  • Partner: Do you want to add microscopy-related links/content to your own website? Partner with MicroscopyDB.io to display contents of the database on your imaging community website.

Ways to Partner

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Easy Embed

Quickly and easily embed code on your website to provide a window directly into the MicroscopyDB database with basic search capability.

See ABIC Example
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API Method

MicroscopyDB.io will work with you to implement APIs to display the content in a customized format consistent with the partner site’s design.

See BINA Example

Who are we?

MicroscopyDatabase.io is a community-driven effort, led by the contributors listed below. It emerged following international stakeholder discussions held during the 2020 European Light Microscopy Initiative (ELMI) meeting. This pilot is being coordinated by BioImaging North America through an award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. We invite other communities and interested parties to connect and get involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do this?

Currently, if you want to share or find a microscopy-related event, job or training/education resource, you need to spend a lot of time and effort to post on or search the many great websites that show this type of content. MicroscopyDB.io is a centralized place for the links to all these resources to be uploaded and then easily shared by others on their website. Time and effort can be reduced, and website owners can be confident they are showing their visitors all the relevant microscopy content that the global community has to offer. Contributors can be sure their resources are widely disseminated.

Q: How is this different from existing resources?

This is an effort to aggregate into a single database, microscopy training and education resources, jobs and events (conferences, workshops etc.) that are currently collected and displayed independently across the websites of various global microscopy communities, partners can then display in a searchable manner the contents of the database that they find relevant to their own websites.

Q: Why are the contents of the database currently only accessible through partner websites and not directly searchable here?

We recognize that there are many community and network-based websites that already have an excellent following and an audience that want access to everything through their own community site. Rather than creating yet another site to post and search for information, MicroscopyDB.io will be a centralized database for the global community to contribute content so that it can then power content for any community member that wishes to partner and ‘web up’ the database content. This may change in time if the traffic to this site and community feedback justifies providing search pages here.

Q: Is the database limited to resources on light microscopy?

No, we are supporting every type of microscopy and related topics (image analysis, metadata, archiving etc.)!  The initial content is largely light microscopy-related, because the current network organizations and community partners that are contributing content are primarily light microscopy-focused. Feel free to contact us with your suggestions (contact@microscopydb.io) or simply upload your content.  

Q: How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways to get involved

  1. As an individualIf you are interested in helping shape this project (communications, database and coding, marketing, curation, help desk, etc.) please make contact via contact@microscopydb.io
  2. As an individual or an organization with online resources to share – In the near future, you will be able to submit links to resources that are publicly available on the internet via the submission forms on this page. Subscribe to the email list to be notified once this becomes available. If you want to share a large repository of training resources, there will be a MicroscopyDB Bulk upload tool. The MicroscopyDB team can help contact@microscopydb.io. Contributors will need to agree to an acknowledgement that other community partners may share the resource links through their website.
  3. As an existing community network organization interested in displaying content from MicroscopyDB.io – You can work with the MicroscopyDB team to implement an api that displays a customized view of the database resources (like the BINA examples – jobs, events, and Training & Education resources) on your community website or simply embed auto generated code on your webpage for a basic interface (like the ABIC example).
Q: If I share my training and education resource with this database, do I get credit for it?

Yes. You are just sharing the url link where your resource is currently located, so by placing the link in this database you are increasing the exposure of your material to a broader global audience. You should be able to track how many times that resource is accessed through your own analytics (YouTube or Google analytics) to know how frequently the resource is being accessed.

Q: Where can I see my resource displayed?

Submissions to the database will be displayed on partner organizations websites (BINA and ABIC are currently involved in this pilot). In the future, anytime you see a searchable resource table/content “Powered by MicroscopyDB.io” you will know that content from this database is being used to make the view possible. A list of the websites will be available on this site once those partnerships are made.

Q: How does my organization become a partner and get access to the content of MicroscopyDB?

Reach out to us at contact@microscopydb.io to express interest and we can explain what is involved so you can decide how best to participate.

As a community partner you would agree to;

  1. Place a link on your website to the MicroscopyDB.io submission form(s) to enable your community to share their resource(s)
  2. work with the MicroscopyDB team to provide a searchable  portal on your website populated with content from the MicroscopyDB.io, and
  3. indicate on that searchable resource that it is “Powered by MicroscopyDB.io” and link to the MicroscopyDB.io landing page to share what the project is about.
Q: I have resources I want to share with MicroscopyDB now, why aren’t there any submission pages and where can I put my resources now to ensure they get into MicroscopyDB.

We are still working on the submission page(s) for MicroscopyDB, but if you have jobs, events or training material that you’d like to ensure gets into the MicroscopyDB, BINA and ABICs are currently partners so content submitted to their forms will go into the MicroscopyDB. If you have jobs you can submit them here, if you have events you can submit them here and if you have training materials you can submit them here. These will then automatically migrate to MicroscopyDB when the time comes.

Contribute to the database

Open to all microscopy related content - Share an event, job posting or training resource with the community!

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