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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

Dryad is a repository under development that is intended to host the data underlying published works in evolutionary biology and related field. Dryad will support data acquisition, ensure long-term preservation of data objects, and promote resource discovery, data sharing, and data reuse of heterogeneous digital datasets.

Dryad aims to provide one-stop data deposition by interfacing with specialized repositories which are already required for publication such as TreeBase and Genbank. These repositories do not capture the whole data package for most papers, however, and so most published data in the field are eventually lost. Dryad is intended to serve as a catch-all repository for quantitative and other kinds of datasets accompanying published papers that do not currently have a home. A major guiding principle is to avoid placing an undue burden of metadata generation on the individual researcher while at the same time capturing sufficient metadata to enable resource discovery and reuse. NESCent is working with stakeholders from evolutionary biology journals and scientific societies 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.