This page describes the broad outlines of Dryad's history. For more details about technical development, see the Release Notes. For more details about the history of Dryad's funding, see Grants. Many more details can be found in the various Dryad Publications.
Major milestones in the development of Dryad:
- September 2004 -- NESCent founded. NESCent's original mission included "enhancing efforts in evolutionary biology with regard to informatics, data curation, and cross-disciplinary integration of data" (NSF Synthesis Center RFP)
- 2005-2006 -- Initial project meetings at Dryad's namesake, Caffe Driade.
- May 2007 -- NESCent data archiving workshop to determine the initial features of the repository.
- January 2008 -- DataDryad.org site goes live.
- September 2008 -- Initial project funding from NSF (for 4 years); see Grants.
- January 2009 -- HIVE funded by IMLS grant.
- April 2009 -- Initial journal integration, with The American Naturalist.
- May 2009 -- First meeting of the Dryad Consortium Management Board, Durham NC, USA.
- August 2009 -- DataONE project founded.
- December 2009 -- Dryad Board meeting, London, UK.
- August 2010 -- DryadUK grant.
- March 2011 -- Initial launch of the peer-review integration workflow, with Systematic Biology.
- July 2011 -- Dryad Board Meeting, Vancouver BC, Canada.
- November 2011 -- Dryad contains 1000 data packages.
- December 2011 -- DryadLab workshop Dec 2011 to develop initial materials for DryadLab.
- March 2012 -- Second round of project funding from NSF (for 4 years); see Grants.
- April 2012 -- Election approves Dryad organization Bylaws and Cost Recovery Plan; see Business Plan and Sustainability.
- May 2012 -- 2012 Board of Directors elected.
- July 2012 -- First meeting of the elected 2012 Board of Directors in Durham NC, USA; Dryad incorporates.
- September 2012 -- Dryad contains 2000 data packages.
- October 2012 -- Dryad is integrated with 25 journals.
- November 2012 -- Board of Directors meeting, Dulles VA, USA.