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Dryad UK is a project which aims to further develop Dryad – an international repository of data underlying scientific publications, with an initial focus on evolution, ecology, and related fields. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data, and perform synthetic studies.

Dryad UK

Dryad UK is a project which aims to further develop Dryad – an international repository of data underlying scientific publications, with an initial focus on evolution, ecology, and related fields. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data, and perform synthetic studies.

Aims and objectives

Expanding Dryad:

  • By establishing a UK mirror site 
  • By expanding the service to new publishers and disciplines

Increasing Dryad sustainability:

  • By developing a sustainable business plan 
  • By establishing a framework for evaluating Dryad data usage

Project methodology

  • Project Management: The British Library
  • Establishing and using a UK mirror for Dryad: The British Library and NESCent
  • Expanding the Dryad journal range and submission rate: The British Library and NESCent
  • Formalising partner relations and developing a sustainability plan: The British Library and NESCent, Charles Beagrie Ltd
  • Enabling Dryad interoperability with new publishers and repositories: Oxford University, The British Library and NESCent
  • Improving metadata standards for data deposition, citation and annotation: Oxford University and The British Library
  • Assessment and Evaluation: DCC, The British Library and NESCent

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

  • A UK-based mirror of the Dryad repository 
  • 20 new journals from new publishers 
  • Infectious disease titles 
  • An increased rate of submitted data 
  • Templates for integration of new journals 
  • Mechanisms for data deposition to specialist repositories 
  • Metadata exchange with institutional repositories and funding agencies 
  • A sustainability plan for Dryad 
  • Use of MIIDI metadata standard and IAS-Creator for annotation of Dryad datasets 
  • Development of DaCO for data citation 
  • Data citations on web as Open Linked Data 
  • A formative assessment framework for future independent evaluations 
  • Publication on the value of data archives to the scientific community 
  • Planning report allowing Dryad to project rate of new submissions over time 
  • Two workshops on Dryad
Technology / Standards used
  • MIIDI (Minimal Information standard for reporting an Infectious Disease Investigation) 
  • DaCO (Data Citation Ontology)

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Brian Hole, The British Library, Datasets Programme,  +44 (0) 207 412 7152 brian.hole@bl.uk
Project Team

 

Summary
Start date
1 October 2010
End date
30 September 2011
Funding programme
Managing Research Data (JISCMRD)
Strand
Citing, linking, integrating and publishing research data (CLIP)
Project website
Lead institutions
Partner institutions
Topic