History and Utility
In attempt to advance the understanding of societal challenges in health care, energy, and the environment the cyberinfrastructure of CAMERA has allowed for the transmission of novel ideas for biological solutions. CAMERA is a distinctive data repository and a resource pool for many metagenomics tools. This database addresses many of the unique challenges within metagenomic analysis in providing a platform diverse in subject input. Developed to serve the community of microbial ecology research in particular, it also utilizes the input of many other areas of study.CAMERA is compliant with the Genome Standards Consortium (GSC) standards and allows scientists to consider each gene in the context of its ecology. The composition, condition, and interactions within and between the gene and its surroundings are thus allowed to be further analyzed. 
CAMERA provides access to raw environmental seqeunce data, associated metadata, annotation and analyses, and high-performance computational resources. Leveraging emerging concepts in data storage, access, analysis, and synthesis not available in current gene sequence resources CAMERA is an innovative portal for advanced microbial ecology research and analysis. 
To use the CAMERA database for detailed use one must create a user account with intended research purposes. Without pointed research questions the platform is much too large to navigate.
CAMERA 2.0 uses a modified version of NCBI BLAST 2.2.18 able to run in a cluster environment of multiple studies in many fields of research.
What Types of Research Does CAMERA Serve and Support?Edit
CAMERA enables the transition of research studies from organsimic genomics to environmental metagenomics by serving the needs of scientists studying the complexity of organisms as they function in natural ecosystems. 
 Community cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis: the CAMERA resource (2011) Shulei Sun; Jing Chen; Weizhong Li; Ilkay Altinatas; Abel Lin; Steve Peltier; Karen Stocks; Eric E. Allen; Mark Ellisman; Jeffrey Grethe; John Wooley Nucleic Acids Research 2010; doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq1102