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DryadLab is the educational section of Dryad.

Basic Organization

DryadLab will be styled the same as the repository, and integrate closely with repository content, but it will not be implemented as part of DSpace. The target audience for DryadLab includes the instructors, and students, of advanced placement, undergrad, and graduate-level evolution courses.

Items in DryadLab:

  • cleaned and simplified data (which link to the original data in Dryad)
  • learning objects (which link to simplified data and/or original data)
    • teaching guides
    • student material (e.g., worksheets, instructions)
    • descriptions of appropriate analysis tools and techniques

Items in Dryad:

  • raw research data
  • links between raw data and articles

Items outside the repository:

  • blogs
  • fancy interactive tools
  • student projects and portfolios
  • teacher forums

Potential Targets

Recent high-profile evolution papers, (e.g. those prioritized by the SELECTION working group, highly-cited papers from Dryad Partner journals)

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Data identified by the TREE working group

    • Partially in Dryad already
    • much educational material already prepared

Data arising from NESCent sponsored scientists


There will be web content surrounding the educational content, but the typical educational content will be stored in DSpace. The structure will be similar to research data, with a data package and data files for each educational component. Educational packages may contain data files from the research collection, and educational data files may include a "derived from" link to data files in the research collection.

We will not discourage people from building educational resources that are external to Dryad (linking to Dryad content). These external resources may contain materials and activities that are beyond the scope of DryadLab.

Item display

Information displayed on a Package page will include:

  • Title
  • Overview (1-line description: Activities on the topic of X suitable for audience Y)
  • Author
  • Grade level
  • Keywords
  • Time required
  • Concepts covered and learning outcomes
  • Description of each Activity (1-paragraph description: Data comes from Z and covers topics W. Contains V resources of type U.)
  • Links to external resources
  • Links to extra background information at Understanding Evolution.

Information displayed on an Activity page will include:

  • Title
  • Author?
  • Overview
  • full (HTML) text of the activity
  • link to download PDF of the activity
  • links to download resources (in Dryad, in DryadLab, external)

BIRDD is a special case

We will not have many educational items with the scale of BIRDD. The educational resources for BIRDD will be placed on the NESCent EOG site, and link to content in Dryad.

Relevant Portions of the Grant Proposal

  • "Datasets of special educational value will be targeted and developed for classroom use through a dedicated education section of the repository."
  • "We will also promote the use of Dryad as an educational tool to teach future scientists about the value of digital data archives."
  • "Datasets of special educational value will receive extra curatorial attention and be presented for student use through a dedicated education section of the repository, acclimating future investigators to a scientific culture in which digitally shared data will play an increasingly important role."
  • "The curators will also target a limited number datasets of special data packages (i.e. those that are frequently downloaded by users, or those that are particularly suitable for educational purposes) for a higher-level of curatorial attention"
  • "DryEd will contain specially prepared datasets designed for student investigations into different aspects of evolutionary biology. Data curators will select a limited number of datasets (1-2 per year) to receive extra curatorial attention, based on popularity or thematic area. Preference will be given to datasets likely to have strong resonance with students (on topics such as the evolution of antibiotic resistance or viral pathogenicity, domestication of companion animals, human origins, origin of life, etc). Curators will work with authors, and with the NESCent Education and Outreach Group, to provide detailed metadata, more extensive background and related material, and a set of suggested exercises appropriate for each dataset. Resources will be targeted at the Advanced Placement, college, and graduate levels. Multiple routes of dissemination will be pursued through the resources of NESCent’s EOG group (see [76])."