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Dryad is both a repository and an organization. The organization consists of an international consortium of stakeholders, including journals, publishers and scientific societies, and provides a forum for all stakeholders to set priorities for the repository, participate in planning, and share knowledge and coordinate action around data policies. Dryad endeavors to ensure that all stakeholders are both contributing to and receiving the benefits of data archiving.

Governance status 2012

The scientific, educational, and charitable mission of Dryad is to promote the availability of data underlying findings in the scientific literature for research and educational reuse. The vision of Dryad is a scholarly communication system in which learned societies, publishers, institutions of research and education, funding bodies and other stakeholders collaboratively sustain and promote the preservation and reuse of data underlying the scholarly literature.

Publishers, societies and journals can become Dryad partners through membership in Dryad; we are in the process of incorporating as a not-for-profit organization in the US and details will be finalized and publicized here soon. Dryad members will receive a discounted rate for data deposits, select the Board of Directors and receive the benefits of participation in membership forums. Annual membership dues of $1000 USD will help defray the communication and meeting costs associated with a large membership-based organization. For information about Dryad's Cost Recovery Plan, see Business Plan and Sustainability.

In May 2012 members of the Dryad Interim Board approved the Bylaws of the organization, establishing it as an independent organization, applying for non-profit status, with a 12 member Board of Directors. An election for the Board of Directors of the organization was concluded in late May 2012.

2012 Board of Directors

The 12 members of the new Dryad Board of Directors are:

  • Theodora Bloom
  • Lee Dirks
  • Liz Ferguson
  • Simon Hodson
  • Marcel Holyoak
  • Brian Lavoie
  • William Michener
  • Allen J. Moore
  • Susanna-Assunta Sansone
  • Eefke Smit
  • Todd Vision
  • Michael Whitlock


The first meeting of the 2012 Dryad Board of Directors was held by phone on June 8, 2012. Meeting notes are available here.

The Dryad Board of Directors will meet in Durham, North Carolina, July 23-25th, 2012. Further details are available here.

Governance documents

Interim Governance 2009-2012

From 2009 to early 2012, the Dryad Board operated under an Interim Governance Agreement. This agreement specified that the Dryad Board consists of one appointed representative from each Partner Journal, and each Partner Journal has one vote in matters brought to the board. The full board elected an executive committee of five journal representatives, including the project director, who serves ex officio. The executive committee was authorized to make most decisions on behalf of the full board, but issues regarding partner financial commitments and governance must be brought to the full board.

Board members and representatives of partner organizations 2009-2012

  • John Allen (Biological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • Scott Baker (Journal of Heredity)
  • David Baldwin (Ecological Society of America)
  • Tim Benton (Nordic Society Oikos)
  • Theo Bloom (Public Library of Science)
  • Roger Butlin (Heredity)
  • Daphne Fairbairn (Evolution)
  • Liz Ferguson (Wiley Blackwell)
  • Charles Fox (British Ecological Society)
  • Steve Hageman (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Harold Heatwole (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology)
  • Marcel Holyoak (Ecology Letters)
  • Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (BioMed Central)
  • Cathy Kennedy (Oxford University Press)
  • Bruce MacFadden (Paleobiology)
  • William Michener (DataONE)
  • Allen Moore (Journal of Evolutionary Biology)
  • Mohamed Noor
  • Roderick Page (Systematic Biology)
  • Lyubomir Penev (Pensoft Publishers)
  • Richard Sands (BMJ Open)
  • Michelle Tseng (Evolutionary Applications)
  • Marcy Uyenoyama (Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution)
  • Tim Vines (Molecular Ecology)
  • John Wenburg (Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management)
  • Michael Whitlock (The American Naturalist)
  • Derek Wildman (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution)
  • Laura Zahn (Science)

Executive Committee members

  • 2009-2010: William Michener, Allen Moore, Mohamed Noor, Marcy Uyenoyama, Tim Vines, and Michael Whitlock, chair.
  • 2010-2011: Marcel Holyoak, William Michener, Allen Moore, Mohamed Noor, and Michael Whitlock, chair.
  • 2012: Marcel Holyoak, William Michener, Allen Moore, and Michael Whitlock, chair.

Interim Governance documents


Full Board

Executive Committee