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Welcome to the RTRN Resource Discovery Networking Tool (RDNT)

Streamline your Research:

A user-friendly platform that helps uncover hidden biomedical resources.

Who benefits?

  • Biomedical researchers of any level, from any institution

What is it?

  • eagle-i is a free, web-based application to help you discover key research resources available across all 18 RTRN consortium partners and 7other participating universities
  • Currently, more than 50,000 resources are listed including reagents, cores, and model organisms

Why use it?

  • The database is a highly organized collection of 50,000 resources that are updated daily
  • Research resources can be hidden in labs or universities
  • eagle-i allows researchers to share valuable, and often hidden, resources
  • Helps researchers do more with less

To advance biomedical research, investigators need access to scientific resources. However, these resources are often invisible beyond the laboratories or universities where they are developed and housed. In fact, resources are frequently re-developed, many times by researchers across the hall from one another. The eagle-i tool, released in 2011, provides easy access to information about valuable resources throughout Harvard and 24 other participating institutions. Ultimately, eagle-i helps prevent these 'missed opportunities' for sharing of information about resources, allowing investigators to reduce waste, and save money and time.

eagle-i resource types currently include:

  • Reagents: antibodies, plasmids, cell lines, RNA libraries, and more
  • Organisms and viruses: model organisms of disease, mouse models, and more
  • Biological specimens
  • Software
  • Protocols
  • Core laboratories

eagle-i is different from traditional web publications that list resources (websites, journals, etc.) because the tool allows researchers to:

Share resources

Instead of letting your lab resources sit on a shelf after a project heads in a new direction, put them to good use through eagle-i. Another researcher may find them invaluable.

Collaborate and succeed

Exposing your resources in eagle-i provides a starting point for successful, often interdisciplinary collaborations that can bring a greater level of visibility to your past achievements while providing new avenues for investigation. You retain full control over the terms and conditions of sharing that resource.

Utilize an open-source platform

In addition to using eagle-i to locate resources, institutions are welcome to adopt it and participate in the growing network. The data in the system is open access; anyone, regardless of affiliation, is welcome to search for resources, or to download the linked open data directly. Also, developers and administrators at any skill level are welcome to participate, follow the project, or just download code. For details and documentation, open-source community information, and training materials, see the open source project site.

An evolving tool, eagle-i is currently the primary source of core facility information for thousands researchers at 25 participating institutions and the 18 RCMIs. If you run a research lab within the RCMI community, please contribute to open science by sharing information about your resources through eagle-i. For further information, please contact Solomon T. Garner, Jr, PhD, Director- Research Resources and Research Networking for RTRN.

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RTRN is funded by Grant Number U54MD008149 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)