NSF grant 2008-2012

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Dryad received funding from the US National Science Foundation for the initial development of the Dryad repository.


Dryad's first grant award was DBI-0743720, "A Digital Repository for Preservation and Sharing of Data Underlying Published Works in Evolutionary Biology."

Dates of funding

This grant was funded in 2008 and concluded in 2012.


Partners included the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the University of North Carolina Metadata Research Center, North Carolina State University's Digital Library Program, the LTER Network Office at the University of New Mexico, and TreeBASE at Yale University.


From the proposal:

At the behest of major journals and societies in evolutionary biology, NESCent has begun development of a digital repository, called Dryad, for the preservation, discovery and sharing of data underlying published works throughout the discipline. The overall aim in this proposal is to facilitate data sharing upon publication by the evolutionary community by addressing the major hurdles to adoption of Dryad, both technical and otherwise, in three broad areas: i) deposition and access interface, ii) incentives and interoperability, and iii) sustainability. We will also promote the use Dryad as an educational tool to teach future scientists about the value of digital data archives.

Four specific aims were described:

  • Deposition and access interface
  • Incentives and interoperability
  • Sustainability
  • Community engagement


Download the proposal.