Friday, May 13, 2011

Wanted - OpenAccess figures on introductory molecular and cellular biology topics

Quick post here.  I am looking for OpenAccess figures on introductory topics in molecular and cellular biology like DNA, RNA, proteins, transcription, translation, etc.  I want these for multiple purposes including teaching, blog posts, etc.  Anyone out there know of a database of such things?

UPDATE
Some suggestions from Twitter

10 comments:

  1. A full database would be useful. Gatsby Plants has quite a lot of useful slides. And of course it would be quite an advanced 'introductory' course that needed much more than is wiki!

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  2. are those fully open access (i.e., in the public domain)?

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  3. While the focus is microbiology, there are resources related to these areas in www.microbelibrary.org. The library is open access. I would also recommend searching the http://www.biosciednet.org/portal/. This portal, which also searches MicrobeLibrary content, is a collaboration between several disciplinary societies. It is also open access.

    For journal articles regarding teaching in this area try the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (http://jmbe.asm.org). Again, this journal is open access.


    Hope the information is useful.

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  4. Be careful in the use of Open Access - it can mean different things. Do you mean free to access or free to re-use?

    At The Cell: An Image Library we are a fully free resource to use but the images in our database have a variety of licensing. We have a large number in the public domain, some with Creative Commons Licensing and even some copyrighted images.

    Please explore at www.cellimagelibrary.org.

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  5. Orloff - yes I know some people use Open Access to mean "I can get it for no charge" but I mean real Open Access. Free as in freedom. No restrictions on use.

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  6. Since there are several figure legend search tools that operate on the PMC corpus, one alternative is just to search through these for topics of interest.

    Yale Image Finder:
    http://krauthammerlab.med.yale.edu/imagefinder/

    FigureSearch:
    http://snake.ims.uwm.edu/articlesearch/index.php?mode=figure

    BioText Search:
    http://biosearch.berkeley.edu/index.php?action=logout

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  7. The Cell: An Image Library has many public domain images. As of right now 1718 - see
    http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/images?k=&image_search_parms%5Bbiological_process%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bcell_type%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bcell_line%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bfoundational_model_anatomy%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bcellular_component%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bmolecular_function%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bncbi%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bitem_type_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bimage_mode_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bvisualization_methods_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bsource_of_contrast_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Brelation_to_intact_cell_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bprocessing_history_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bpreparation_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bparameter_imaged_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bidentity_bim%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bhuman_dev_anatomy%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bhuman_disease%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bmouse_gross_anatomy%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bmouse_pathology%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bplant_growth%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bteleost_anatomy%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bxenopus_anatomy%5D=&image_search_parms%5Bzebrafish_anatomy%5D=&public_domain=1&image_or_video_only=&advanced_search=Advanced+Search

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  8. I used to make some figures for myself while I was studying for my qualifying exam. Maybe they could come in handy for you too. You can find them all at:

    http://poorhungrydrowsy.blogspot.com

    And I make new diagrams like this all the time because I love to do it. :)

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  9. The "Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms" by NIH has a bunch of images and animations and they're all completely open access and free of restrictions.

    http://www.genome.gov/Glossary/

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  10. Learning about 3D animation options, and an animator shared this database - http://turbosquid.com/ (e.g. http://www.turbosquid.com/Search/Index.cfm?keyword=dna&x=0&y=0 would provide DNA relevant models). Though most require a fee, my impression is that they are royalty-free.

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