July Highlight on Data Repositories: Dryad

This month we’d like to highlight the Dryad data repository: http://datadryad.org

What is Dryad?

Dryad is an international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Goals of Dryad include:

  • Preserving the underlying data reported in a paper at the time of publication
  • Assign globally unique identifiers to datasets-making data citation easier
  • Allow end-users to perform sophisticated searches over data
  • Allow journals and societies to pool their resources for a single, shared repository

Who manages Dryad?

Dryad is governed by a consortium of journals that collaboratively promote data archiving and ensure the sustainability of the repository. Dryad is being developed by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and the University of North Carolina Metadata Research Center, in coordination with a large group of Journals and Societies. More information about governance can be found here.

What can be deposited?

Authors may submit tables, spreadsheets, flatfiles and all other kinds of data associated with their publications. Dryad accepts data in any format as long as it is associated with a primary publication.

Dryad submitters are required to place all data in the public domain using the Creative Commons Zero Waiver. This allows others to share, copy, or reuse the data. According to scientific norms, those who use the data are still obligated to cite the original creator of the data. By default, data are embargoed until journal article publication. Authors depositing data may choose to embargo the data for a year after publication.

Once the data deposit is complete, the depositer will receive a Digital Object Identifier, or DOI. This is a unique identifier for the data, and it provides for a consistent link between your publication and the data associated with it.

A short video about the data deposit process is available.

How sustainable is Dryad?

Data submitted to Dryad are made available for the long-term, even beyond the lifespan of Dryad, through continuous backup and replication services.

The Dryad Cost Recovery Plan is based on the framework that emerged from the Dryad Board meeting of July 2011. Download the plan.

The revenue streams described are for recovery of operating costs. Research and development of new capabilities will continue to be funded though project grants, and Dryad will continue to seek support from foundations, government funding bodies, and private donors to support its core mission and reduce costs to users.

All the information provided comes from the Dryad website. To find out more about Dryad, please visit http://datadryad.org