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The DryadUK project was funded by a one-year grant from 2010 to 2011.


DryadUK was funded by the JISC Managing Research Data Program. For more information about this project please contact Brian Hole or David M Shotton.

Dates of funding

This grant was funded from 2010 to 2011.


Partners in the JISC grant included the British Library, Oxford University, the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), and Charles Beagrie, Ltd.


The goals of the DryadUK project included:

  • Expanding Dryad
    • By establishing a UK mirror site
    • By expanding the service to include new publishers, journals and disciplines
  • Increasing Dryad sustainability
    • By developing a sustainable business plan
    • By establishing a framework for evaluating Dryad data usage
  • Adding value
    • Exploring ways to improve metadata standards for deposition, citation and annotation
    • Assigning DataCite DOIs to UK publisher datasets via the British Library.


Download the DyradUK Proposal.

Project Summary

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 DryadUK 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

Project Outputs

The following outputs are currently available for the DryadUK project. Additional outputs will be added as they become available.