The data behind research publications in the biosciences are not commonly made openly available to readers of those publications. The Dryad Data Repository, which only hosts data relating to peer-reviewed journal articles, solves this problem by integrating the open archiving of research datasets by authors with the journal article submission workflows of publishers. The Dryad-UK project has helped to extend Dryad in five main areas.
- By gathering feedback from publishers, funders and researchers in the UK, it has informed financial modelling and the sustainability planning for Dryad as an international organisation.
- It has increased the value of the repository for the UK research community by extending it to include 6 UK-based publishers and over 20 new journals, including those in the high impact areas of biomedicine and infectious diseases.
- In addition to this, by piloting a mirror installation of the repository at the British Library, the project has gathered data on a technical model for establishing a stable and scalable international infrastructure for Dryad in future.
- Since one concern regarding Dryad holdings is the paucity of their metadata, and since one focus for new Dryad-associated journals has been those dealing with infectious disease, the Dryad-UK project has been active in developing MIIDI, a Minimal Information standard for reporting an Infectious Disease Investigation, and tools to create MIIDI-compliant metadata.
- It has provided a framework for assessment of Dryad, by identifying important aspects to stakeholders and recommending indicators that, with further development, could be used for ongoing evaluation. The project also contributes further evidence on a potential benefit from depositing data; impact on citation rates for associated research articles
The following outputs are currently available for the DryadUK project. Additional outputs will be added as they become available.
- Dryad-UK Final Report (JISC)
- DryadUK Workshops
- Report from the Sustainability Workshop held at the British Library in April 2011
- Presentations from the "Data Sharing and the Dryad Data Repository" workshop held at Oxford University in September 2011
- General Presentations
- Mapping the DataCite Metadata Kernel to RDF
- Framework for Assessing the Dryad Data Repository Report
- Dryad Data Deposit Report