What is eagle-i?

eagle-i is a project, a free software suite, and a network of universities and non-profit institutions that have made information about their resources publicly available in eagle-i search tools.

Where does the name eagle-i come from?

eagles have exceptional visual acuity. eagle-i is helping biomedical scientists worldwide find the resources they need with an eagle’s vision and accuracy.

What kinds of resources are in eagle-i?

eagle-i contains information about a wide variety of biomedical research resources, including cell lines, model organisms, antibodies, plasmids, core facility services and more. Explore the full list of eagle-i resource categories at our Browse page.

Is eagle-i a vendor?

eagle-i provides information about resources that are available in labs, repositories, and other biomedical organizations. eagle-i also facilitates contact between resource requesters and providers. eagle-i does not directly supply any resources.

Does eagle-i store datasets, images, or other documents?

No. eagle-i is a search tool and does not offer file storage. You may find links to related datasets, images, publications, or other documents from resources listed in eagle-i, however.


Do I have to be affiliated with a member institution to use eagle-i search?

eagle-i search is a free service available to anyone with an internet connection, regardless of institutional affiliation.

What's the difference between the main eagle-i search and iPS Cell Search?

The main eagle-i search queries all resources in eagle-i via free text search and filtering by categories. iPS Cell Search queries only the induced pluripotent stem cell lines in eagle-i, but lets you apply more specific filters to find exactly the cell lines you’re looking for. With iPS Cell Search, you can also save your search results in a CSV file. To learn more, see Search Tips.

Can I share information about my iPS cell lines if my institution isn’t a member of the network?

We may be able to house information about your iPS cell lines in our Special Collections server. Please contact us for more information.

If a resource is listed in eagle-i, does that mean the provider must share it?

Sharing information with eagle-i does not necessitate sharing the resource with anyone who asks; resource providers retain control over when, how, and under what conditions their resources may be used. Contact the resource provider for current availability.


How does eagle-i obtain information about resources?

Each institution provides information about its local resources; the scope and method of data collection is determined by that institution. Information can be manually entered using the SWEET data entry tool or entered in bulk from template spreadsheets or other data sources. eagle-i then makes this collected information available to be browsed, searched, or exported.

What are the advantages of using eagle-i versus other search tools?

The eagle-i data collection methodology uses controlled, structured vocabulary (ontology) and semantic web technologies in order to standardize the information so that it is easier to locate and retrieve. The system’s added functionality presents data in a consistent format that is readable not only by people — but by other computer applications as well.

How can my institution become a participating member of the national eagle-i Network?

Install the eagle-i software, collect information about resources available at your institution, and contact us to join the network. You can also get involved with developing customizations or new features. More information about joining the Network is available on our For Institutions page.

How can I keep informed about the latest eagle-i news?

Please subscribe to our notification list for updates on the eagle-i project using our contact form. To obtain specific information, please type a detailed request in the contact form’s Message box.


How do I find out more about the software and technical requirements?

Our open source project site is the best place to learn more about the technical aspects of the software.

Is it possible to pull data provided by eagle-i into my own website?

Yes, you can embed an eagle-i search bar in your website or design an application using an existing API. Please contact us for more information.

What is the eagle-i Ontology?

The eagle-i Research Resource Ontology (ERO) models research resources and drives the data collection and search tools. The eagle-i ontology is now also a part of the VIVO-ISF Ontology.

How can I browse the eagle-i ontology?

You can explore the eagle-i Ontology using the eagle-i Ontology Browser.