The Dryad Data Repository


Thu Aug 11th 10:00am to 11:00am PDT


Ryan Scherle


Many scientific and medical datasets are lost once the findings based on them appear in print, jeopardizing the reproducibility of results, and foregoing their potential for reuse.  Dryad is a digital data repository that seeks to promote data archiving through a tight coupling of the processes of article publication and data publication.

Dryad is designed to allow for a very low-burden submission process.  This is achieved by requiring minimal metadata from authors, instead obtaining bibliographic metadata automatically from publishers. Light manual curation ensures basic discoverability and minimum quality.

Dryad promotes reuse of data in a number of ways. Authors agree to an Open Data license upon submission, with an option for a time-limited embargo, so that restrictions on data reuse expire when they no longer serve as an incentive to deposit. Data records are assigned permanent identifiers in the form of DataCite DOIs, and these DOIs are used to link from journal articles to their associated data records. A citation policy is conspicuously promoted so that depositors may receive professional credit for instances of data reuse. Dryad makes data available through multiple APIs. Numerous services harvest Dryad's content via the APIs, including bioCADDIE's DataMed service.


Ryan Scherle holds a PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He has built systems for managing a wide variety of digital materials, including a digital music library stored on the world's largest iPod. In his current role as the Repository Architect for Dryad, he manages the technical development of tools for depositing, storing, and disseminating a variety of scientific and medical data.



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