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{{Box1|This site contains documentation for the Dryad repository and associated projects. To access the Dryad repository, go to [http://www.datadryad.org/ DataDryad.org]. For the latest news on Dryad and data archiving, check out [http://blog.datadryad.org Dryad News and Views]. Please contact [mailto:help@datadryad.org Dryad staff] with any inquiries.}}
{{Box1|For the latest news on the project, and the occasional opinion piece, check out the [http://blog.datadryad.org Dryad blog].}}
 
{{Box1|Information about the recent [https://www.nescent.org/wg_dryad/Category:DryadUKApril2010 Dryad-UK Discussion Meeting], held 27-28 April 2010, London UK, sponsored by the Research Information Network}}
 
  
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'''What is Dryad?'''
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[http://datadryad.org Dryad] is a repository for data underlying scientific publications, with an initial focus on evolution, ecology, and related fields. Dryad allows investigators to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose the data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies such as formal meta-analyses.
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[http://datadryad.org Dryad] is both an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature, and a membership organization, governed by journals, publishers, scientific societies, and other stakeholders.
  
Dryad aims to provide one-stop data deposition upon publication by interfacing with specialized repositories which are already required for publication (such as GenBank and TreeBASE). However, for many publications, these repositories do not capture the whole data package.  As a result, many important datasets are not being preserved and are no longer available, or usable, at the time that they are sought by later investigators.
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Dryad is distinguished by the close association of data deposition with the process and business of scholarly publishing, and by using article publication as a model for how researchers can benefit from data sharing infrastructure. Dryad has the potential to transform the way research data are communicated and preserved. The credibility and effectiveness of the research enterprise is due in large part to the social contract behind scholarly publishing. Researchers disclose their work to their peers in return for professional credit. In so doing, they also expose their findings to be confirmed or refuted, and enable other researchers to build upon their results. Dryad seeks to extend this social contract to research data by providing a model for how a disciplinary repository can motivate researchers to disclose the data that is of the greatest value for scientific reuse, that associated with publications, and realize the manifold benefits of free access to scientific data in perpetuity.
  
To staunch this loss, Dryad serves as a repository for tables, spreadsheets, flatfiles, and all other kinds of published data that do not currently have a home.  A major design consideration with these data is to avoid placing an undue burden of metadata generation on individual researchers while at the same time capturing sufficient metadata to enable data discovery and reuse.  A special section of the repository named Dryad Lab hosts datasets of particular educational value for use in undergraduate and graduate training.
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'''What is in the repository?'''
  
Dryad emerged from a NESCent workshop entitled "[[DRIADE_Workshop_May_2007|Digital data preservation, sharing, and discovery: Challenges for Small Science Communities in the Digital Era]]" in May 2007. A report from the workshop is available [[Media:Workshop2007FinalReport.pdf|here]].
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Dryad serves as a repository for tables, spreadsheets, flatfiles, and all other kinds of published data that do not have another discipline-specific repository. The Dryad repository allows investigators to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose the data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies such as formal meta-analyses. All data files in Dryad are available for download and reuse, except those that are under a temporary embargo period, as permitted by editors of the relevant journals. A special section of the repository named [[DryadLab]] hosts datasets of particular educational value for use in undergraduate and graduate training.
  
The repository is overseen by the [[Management_Board|Dryad Consortium]], which is composed of representatives from partner journals.  The consortium coordinates data sharing policies and promotes the long-term sustainability of the repository, together with other stakeholders such as publishers, scientific societies, funding agencies, and other data centers. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Dryad participates in the DataONE network (the Data Observation Network for Earth, http://dataone.org), and is actively developing partnerships with other international data networks and scholarly publishing organizations.
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'''How does data get submitted?'''
  
The development of Dryad is a joint project of <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.nescent.org NESCent]</span>, the <span class="plainlinks">[http://ils.unc.edu/mrc/ UNC Metadata Research Center]</span>, and a growing number of partner organizations. Funding for the development of the repository is described [[Current Funding|here]].
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Dryad welcomes data submissions related to any published, or accepted, scholarly publication. Any society, journal or publisher that wishes to encourage data archiving may refer authors to Dryad.
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Journals and publishers may greatly facilitate their authors' data archiving by implementing "submission integration," by which the journal manuscript submission system interfaces with Dryad. In a nutshell: the journal sends automated notifications to Dryad of new manuscripts, which enables Dryad to create a provisional record for the article's data, thereby streamlining the author's data upload process. The published article includes a link to the data in Dryad, and Dryad links to the published article. See complete documentation of this process [[Submission Integration|here.]]
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'''How is Dryad governed and supported?'''
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The Dryad organization provides a forum for all stakeholders to set priorities for the repository, participate in planning, and share knowledge and coordinate action around data policies. Members include journals, publishers, scientific societies, funding agencies, and other data centers. Dryad is incorporated as a non-profit organization registered in the US; for more information see [[Governance]].
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Dryad is able to provide free access to data due to financial support from members and data submitters. Dryad’s [http://datadryad.org/pages/faq#depositing-cost Data Publishing Charges] are designed to sustain its core functions by recovering the basic costs of curating and preserving data. New innovations are enabled by research and development grants and by support from donors. For more detail about these charges, see the [http://datadryad.org/pages/pricing Pricing plan information] on the Dryad website.
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As part of its commitment to sustainability, Dryad participates in the DataONE network (the Data Observation Network for Earth, [http://dataone.org http://dataone.org]), and is actively developing partnerships with other international data networks and scholarly publishing organizations.
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Take a look at our [[Business Plan and Sustainability|business and sustainability plan]], our [[Grants|grant funding]], and the [[Participants|people]] who have helped develop the repository.

Latest revision as of 05:43, 29 June 2016

This site contains documentation for the Dryad repository and associated projects. To access the Dryad repository, go to DataDryad.org. For the latest news on Dryad and data archiving, check out Dryad News and Views. Please contact Dryad staff with any inquiries.

What is Dryad?

Dryad is both an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature, and a membership organization, governed by journals, publishers, scientific societies, and other stakeholders.

Dryad is distinguished by the close association of data deposition with the process and business of scholarly publishing, and by using article publication as a model for how researchers can benefit from data sharing infrastructure. Dryad has the potential to transform the way research data are communicated and preserved. The credibility and effectiveness of the research enterprise is due in large part to the social contract behind scholarly publishing. Researchers disclose their work to their peers in return for professional credit. In so doing, they also expose their findings to be confirmed or refuted, and enable other researchers to build upon their results. Dryad seeks to extend this social contract to research data by providing a model for how a disciplinary repository can motivate researchers to disclose the data that is of the greatest value for scientific reuse, that associated with publications, and realize the manifold benefits of free access to scientific data in perpetuity.

What is in the repository?

Dryad serves as a repository for tables, spreadsheets, flatfiles, and all other kinds of published data that do not have another discipline-specific repository. The Dryad repository allows investigators to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose the data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies such as formal meta-analyses. All data files in Dryad are available for download and reuse, except those that are under a temporary embargo period, as permitted by editors of the relevant journals. A special section of the repository named DryadLab hosts datasets of particular educational value for use in undergraduate and graduate training.

How does data get submitted?

Dryad welcomes data submissions related to any published, or accepted, scholarly publication. Any society, journal or publisher that wishes to encourage data archiving may refer authors to Dryad.

Journals and publishers may greatly facilitate their authors' data archiving by implementing "submission integration," by which the journal manuscript submission system interfaces with Dryad. In a nutshell: the journal sends automated notifications to Dryad of new manuscripts, which enables Dryad to create a provisional record for the article's data, thereby streamlining the author's data upload process. The published article includes a link to the data in Dryad, and Dryad links to the published article. See complete documentation of this process here.

How is Dryad governed and supported?

The Dryad organization provides a forum for all stakeholders to set priorities for the repository, participate in planning, and share knowledge and coordinate action around data policies. Members include journals, publishers, scientific societies, funding agencies, and other data centers. Dryad is incorporated as a non-profit organization registered in the US; for more information see Governance.

Dryad is able to provide free access to data due to financial support from members and data submitters. Dryad’s Data Publishing Charges are designed to sustain its core functions by recovering the basic costs of curating and preserving data. New innovations are enabled by research and development grants and by support from donors. For more detail about these charges, see the Pricing plan information on the Dryad website.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Dryad participates in the DataONE network (the Data Observation Network for Earth, http://dataone.org), and is actively developing partnerships with other international data networks and scholarly publishing organizations.

Take a look at our business and sustainability plan, our grant funding, and the people who have helped develop the repository.