Dear NIF Community members;

Our partners in crime, FORCE11, are hosting a working group, the Resource Identification Initiative, that is working with journals to make it easier to identify research resources used in the materials and methods of biomedical research through the use of unique identifiers.  For the pilot project, we are concentrating on antibodies, genetically modified organisms and software.  Our goal is to make identification of research resources:  1)  machine-processable;  2)  available outside any paywall;  3)  uniform across journals.  More information can be found at:  http://www.force11.org/Resource_identification_initiative

Our colleagues at Antibodies On Line have set up a beta testing site specifically for antibodies: http://www.antibodies-online.com/resource-identification-initiative/

If you use antibodies in your research, or know those that do, please help us test the tools and provide feedback.  Antibodies Online is generously providing nerd mugs and shirts to those who participate (they make great Holiday gifts!).