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Digital Repository of Information and Data for Evolution (DRIADE)
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Our workshop titled "Digital data preservation, sharing, and discovery: Challenges for Small Science Communities in the Digital Era" took place May 16-17, 2007, at NESCent.

DRIADE (Digital Repository of Information and Data for Evolution) is a joint project of NESCent and the UNC Metadata Research Center

The main purpose of the DRIADE Collaboration is the development of Dryad, a repository that is being designed to host the data underlying published works in evolutionary biology and related fields. Dryad will allow future 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.

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.

To staunch this loss, Dryad is being designed as a "catch-all" repository for numerical tables 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.

NESCent is working with stakeholders from evolutionary biology journals and scientific societies to develop data sharing policies and ensure the long-term sustainability of the repository.

This wiki is for the use of working group participants. If you would like to obtain access, please send a request to Hilmar Lapp.