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Dry-Ed is the educational section of Dryad.

Basic Organization

Dry-Ed 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 Dry-Ed includes the instructors, and students, of advanced placement, undergrad and graduate-level evolution courses.

Potential Targets

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

  • add list here

Datasets identified by the TREE working group

    • Partially in Dryad already
    • much educational material already prepared

Datasets arising from NESCent sponsored scientists

Technology options

Options under consideration:

  • drupal -- its main focus is content management (a "typical" website, with blogs, forums, etc.)
  • plone
  • django
  • contribute
  • svn

Discarded options:

  • dspace (as a new collection?)
    • dspace is not suited to editing content
    • the main content of the ed site will be evolving, though it will reference content in DSpace. It is possible that there will be data in an "education" collection in DSpace that is derived from the "real" data.


  1. TREE group is meeting Sept 24-26, 2009
  2. Body Size group is meeting in October 8-12, 2009

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])."