Ask Me Anything Call On "What do you really know about that antibody?  Ask dkNET". Wednesday, June 24th At 14:00-15:00 UTC / 10:00-11:00 EDT

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Ask Me Anything Call On "What do you really know about that antibody?  Ask dkNET". Wednesday, June 24th At 14:00-15:00 UTC / 10:00-11:00 EDT
24 Jun 2020 UTC

Ask Me Anything Call On "What do you really know about that antibody?  Ask dkNET". Wednesday, June 24th At 14:00-15:00 UTC / 10:00-11:00 EDT

24 Jun 2020

The RDA ECEIG is  inviting the Community to yet another "Ask me Anything" meeting. The Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) has been formed within RDA with a focus on connecting with and supporting early career professionals both within and outside RDA. The "Ask me Anything" meetings are hosted on a monthly basis, addressing topics that might be of general interest to ECRs. This month's AMA is dedicated to:

What do you really know about that antibody?  Ask dkNET

Research resources-defined here as the tools researchers use in their scientific studies-are a foundation of the biomedical enterprise.  It is critical for researchers to be able to select the proper tools for their research, but also be aware of any issues that may arise in their application. Software tools and datasets may have bugs, cell lines get contaminated, knock outs may be incomplete and antibodies may have specificity problems. Such problematic resources can continue to be used in scientific studies, even after problems are detected.  Many factors, including the inability to easily retrieve alerts about problematic resources, results in their continued use, wasting both time and money. To make it easy to find information about research resources and how they perform, dkNET (NIDDK Information Network,, an on-line portal supported by the US National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney diseases (NIDDK), has developed a resource information network that utilize Research Resource Identifiers (RRIDs) and natural language processes to aggregate information about individual antibodies, cell lines, organisms, digital tools, plasmids and biosamples.  This information is presented in a Resource Report that provides information such as which papers have been published using these resources, who is using them and whether issues have been reported.  Using this information, dkNET also provides tools to create authentication reports in support of the NIH rigor and reproducibility guidelines. The dkNET portal includes additional information to enable researchers to easily use and navigate large amounts of data and information about research resources in support of reproducible science.


By the end of this webinar,  participants will be familiar with the services and tools provided at dkNET and will be able to create a detailed research resource report and produce an authentication report in support of NIH mandates and policies.

If you are interested in attending May’s AMA Call please note that registration is required! Please register here:

Additional information:

The talk will be held online on Wednesday, June 24th at 14:00-15:00 UTC / 10:00-11:00 EDT

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Short bio of the speaker

Maryann Martone, PhD, FAIR Data Informatics Lab (FDI Lab), University of California, San Diego

Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in Biological Psychology and Ancient Greek and her Ph. D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. She is a professor Emerita at UCSD, but still maintains an active laboratory, the FAIR Data Informatics Lab.   She started her career as a neuroanatomist, specializing in light and electron microscopy, but her main research for the past 15 years focused on informatics for neuroscience, i.e., neuroinformatics.  She led the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF), a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience, and the NIDDK Information Network (dknet), a portal for connecting researchers in digestive, kidney and metabolic disease to data, tools, and materials.  She just completed 5 years as Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal, and has just launched a new journal as Editor in Chief, NeuroCommons, with BMC.  Dr. Martone is past President of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship.  She completed two years as the chair of the Council on Training, Science and Infrastructure for the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility and is now the chair of the Governing Board.  Since retiring, she served as the Director of Biological Sciences for Hypothesis, a technology non-profit developing an open annotation layer for the web (2015-2018) and founded SciCrunch, a technology start up based on technologies developed by NIF and dkNET.  She currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer of SciCrunch. 


Twitter handles

dkNET: @dkNET_Info

Dr Maryann Martone: @memartone


Looking forward to talking with you!


The Early Career and Engagement Interest Group (ECEIG) co-chairs,

Devan Ray Donaldson, Fotis Psomopoulos and Elli Papadopoulou