Who we are
Dryad is an open data publishing platform and a community committed to the open availability and routine re-use of all research data.
Our vision is for a future in which the open availability and routine reuse of all research data enables the acceleration of discovery across domains and the translation of research into benefits for society worldwide. We advance our vision through our mission: to enable the open publication and routine reuse of all research data.
Our multi-stakeholder community of academic and research institutions, research funders, scholarly societies and publishers is committed to leading in best practices for open data sharing and reuse. They invest in Dryad for the curation, open sharing and reuse of research data in all fields.
We value responsibility, inclusion, openness and trustworthiness:
- We are mindful that our decisions can impact the health of the research community and the environment and we assume responsibility for considering the implications of our actions in advance.
- We strive to overcome barriers to participation by individuals and organizations within the global research community.
- We invest in open practices in research and in our organization to promote integrity, trust, collaboration and progress.
- Our obligation as a trusted partner to research is to ensure that the interests of the research community remain our focus, that data are available to evidence new research, that data published with us persist, and that our organization and service are sustainable and available to support research so long as we are valued. Dryad is a signatory to the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI).
In all of our convenings we are committed to abiding by our Code of conduct.
Get to know Dryad
Dryad’s members are part of a non-profit, shared community working together to promote data publishing, curation, and preservation. The community benefits from Dryad’s services designed specifically for the Member community. Our community is open to a full spectrum of stakeholder organizations including universities, research institutions and academic libraries. Learn about joining us as a member organization.
Academic and research institutions
- Australian Wine Research Institute
- California State University, East Bay
- Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
- Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
- Claremont College Services (TCCS)
- Claremont Graduate University
- Claremont McKenna College
- Colorado State University
- Columbia University in the City of New York
- Desert Research Institute
- Harvey Mudd College
- Keck Graduate Institute
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Macalester College
- Macquarie University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Michigan State University
- Montana State University
- Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
- New Mexico State University
- North Carolina State University
- Northeast Ohio Medical University
- Northwestern University
- Pitzer College
- Pomona College
- SUNY Buffalo State University
- SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
- Scripps College
- Stanford University, Lane Medical Library
- State University of New York College at Geneseo
- State University of New York at Fredonia
- Stony Brook University
- Temple University
- Texas Tech University
- The Ohio State University
- The Rockefeller University
- The University of British Columbia
- The University of Sheffield
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- University at Buffalo
- University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Davis
- University of California, Irvine
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, Merced
- University of California, Office of the President
- University of California, Riverside
- University of California, San Diego
- University of California, San Francisco
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nevada, Reno
- University of New Mexico
- University of New South Wales, Sydney
- University of Oregon
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Rochester
- University of Washington
- University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Victoria University, Melbourne
- Yale University
- The Alliance of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science Societies
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Genetic Association
- American Geophysical Union
- American Ornithological Society
- American Society of Naturalists
- American Society of Plant Taxonomists
- Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
- British Ecological Society
- Cambridge University Press
- Ecological Society of America
- European Respiratory Society
- European Society for Evolutionary Biology
- Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
- Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- International Society for Behavioral Ecology
- John Wiley & Sons, Inc
- Nordic Society Oikos
- Oxford University Press
- The Palaeontological Association
- The Paleontological Society
- Rockefeller University Press
- The Royal Society
- Society for the Study of Evolution
- Society of Systematic Biologists
Dryad is a not-for-profit membership organization, recognized as a 501(c)3 by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Dryad members nominate and elect the Board of Directors, twelve individuals from the stakeholder community who provide strategic planning, fiscal oversight, and oversee the position of the Executive Director. Members also approve any amendments to the organization’s bylaws, have the opportunity to steer policies and features, and are kept abreast of emerging issues in data publishing.
Our Code of conduct applies for all Dryad community spaces.
Current board members
Andrew Beckerman (Class of 2023)
is a Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Sheffield where he collaborates with his team on questions about the impacts of climate and environmental change on biodiversity. They are passionate and curious about the landscape of open science. He is on the University of Sheffield School of Bioscience Executive Board and has recently been appointed to the University Council Finance Committee. Andrew has been co- Editor-in-Chief for the Wiley Open Access journal Ecology and Evolution for over 10 years. He has provided strategic contributions to the British Ecological Society for more than a decade as former Chair of Meetings and member of the Management Board and more recently via the Publications committee. Andew is also currently the Chair of Governors for a local primary school providing strategic support to the senior leadership team on finance, infrastructure and curriculum.
Jake Carlson (Class of 2024)
is the Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections and Outreach at the University at Buffalo (UB) Libraries. His responsibilities include increasing the capabilities of the UB Libraries to respond to researchers’ needs with managing, sharing and preserving their research data. Dryad will be a critical resource in the Libraries’ research data services program. Previously, he has been the Director of Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services at the University of Michigan and a Data Services Specialist at Purdue University. Carlson has authored or co-authored more than 30 articles on research data services in libraries. His work has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Bekah Darksmith (Class of 2024)
joined PLOS as its Chief Marketing & Communications Officer in February 2018 to lead strategic development and management of outreach, marketing, and communications. Over the past 20 years, she has worked across academic, not‐for‐profit, and commercial publishing markets, with the bulk of her career spent at the University of California Press in progressively senior roles. Bekah most recently served UC Press in a dual capacity. As its Deputy Director, she developed strategy and oversaw operations for all revenue-generating functions within the organization — marketing, sales, rights and licensing as well as fundraising. As the Executive Director of the UC Press Foundation, she was responsible for driving philanthropic support for UC Press through engagement with its Board of Trustees and administration of the organization’s endowment.
Barbara Ebert (Class of 2023)
is Executive Secretary, German Federation for Biological Data e.V. (GFBio). GFBio e.V. is a non-profit association founded in 2016 as the legal entity for the sustainable operation of data services in Biodiversity research. It is active in the recently founded National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) in Germany. Starting October 2020 we are building a coordination team for the NFDI4BioDiversity consortium, and a pool of IT developers to mobilise data available at the partner organisations and feed them into a common data infrastructure.
Scott Edmunds (Class of 2023)
is Editor-in-Chief for GigaScience, a self-proclaimed data nerd, and an Executive Committee member for Open Data Hong Kong. He has co-founded Citizen Science organisations Bauhinia Genome and CitizenScience.Asia and also teaches data management and curation at Hong Kong University. His academic background includes training in Biochemistry at Imperial College and a PhD on the Molecular Pathology of Ocular Melanoma at the Royal London Hospital, where his research mainly focused on Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology. After postdoctoral positions on Cancer Molecular Pathology at the WHO International Agency for Research in Cancer in Lyon and Institute of Cell and Molecular Sciences in London (Queen Mary) he was senior scientific editor for the BMC Genomics and Bioinformatics journals at BioMed Central before moving in 2010 to Shenzhen/Hong Kong to set up the GigaScience journal and GigaDB database for the BGI (the world’s largest genomic organisation). Working with the British Library and DataCite, GigaScience published its first data (the genome of the deadly German outbreak strain of E. coli) in June 2011.
Brooks Hanson (Class of 2023)
serves as the Executive Vice President for Science for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He’s responsible for overseeing AGU’s publications, meetings, and ethics programs and Thriving Earth Exchange and coordinating science activities across these. He served previously as Sr. Vice President for Publications at AGU, responsible for AGU’s portfolio of many books and 20 journals and their editorial operations, helping set overall editorial policies, and leading future developments. Before arriving at AGU, he served as the Deputy Editor for Physical Sciences at Science and earlier as an editor at Science. Brooks has a Ph.D. in Geology from UCLA and held a post-doctoral appointment at the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution. His main areas or research and publications span the tectonics of the western U.S., metamorphic petrology, modeling magmatic and hydrothermal processes, and on scholarly publishing. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and Mineralogical Society of America.
Kristi Holmes (Class of 2023)
is the Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health & Biomedical Informatics) at Northwestern University. Her research is focused on the development and application of information standards to support interoperability and data exchange to enhance discovery across basic science, clinical, and community-based research and ultimately, develop new methods for understanding translational impact. Operationalized workflows for the library and beyond have been developed, including a robust evaluation infrastructure for the campus in NUCATS. Holmes is especially enthusiastic about new roles and opportunities for modern biomedical research libraries in an increasingly informatics and data-driven environment.
Devika Madalli (Class of 2023)
is a Professor of the Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute (faculty since 1996), India and Adjunct faculty, DISI, University of Trento, Italy. Her interest lies in the area of OERs and Educational resources repositories, Open Data Repositories and Data Management, Knowledge Organization and application of facetization in Information Systems, Information Infrastructures, Digital Libraries, Semantic Web technologies, Faceted Ontologies, Content Management System, Agrisemantics, multilingual information services. She is a member of the Karnataka Evaluation Authority(KEA). Dr.Madalli has extensive experience in capacity building, training on e-learning, MOOCs (moodle) and digital repositories. Dr. Madalli is a member of the Technical Advisory Board of Research Data Alliance and Prof.Madalli is a founding member of and served as the co-chair of the Agriculture Data Interest Group [IGAD], Research Data Alliance [RDA][2013-2016] and present co-chair of the Global Research Commons and RDA for UNSDGs Interest groups.
Jenny Muilenburg (Class of 2024)
is the Research Data Services Librarian at University of Washington Libraries. In addition to leading the Libraries Data Services Team and facilitating the integration of research data support throughout UW schools and departments, Jenny also works with campus partners to create education and outreach around funder development and mandates. She promotes collaboration and substantive partnerships with administration and other departments to enhance campuswide research support services. She is a past ARL Visiting Program Officer for Research Data, and a current institutional representative for HELIOS.
Ian Mulvany (Class of 2024)
is CTO at BMJ where he leads teams that deliver the technologies and features that underpin new products as well as underlying publishing systems. He is responsible for leading on technology strategy for the company and understanding the implications of new and emerging technologies for the business. Previously he helped set up SAGE’s methods innovation incubator SAGE Ocean following a lean product development approach. Prior to SAGE he ran technology operations for eLife, was head of product for Mendeley and ran a number of early web2.0 products for Nature Publishing Group. Over that time he has gained a breadth of experience of modern product management practice, software engineering practice, program management and a deep understanding of the technical underpinnings of many scholarly communication systems. He collaborated in defining the extensions to the NLM DTD required to support software citation and was also one of the original organising members of the Altmetrics conference series that started in 2014.
Daniel Potter (Class of 2024)
is Professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, where he has been a faculty member since 1996. His research and teaching interests are focused on angiosperm systematics (phylogeny, evolution, and taxonomy of flowering plants) and ethnobotany (the study of direct relationships between people and plants). Dan grew up in a rural area of the Hudson Valley of New York State where his interests in biology were fostered by walks in the woods around their house, parents who were avid gardeners and nature lovers, and the influence of several excellent teachers in elementary and high school. His specific interests in botany developed and solidified during his years as an undergraduate at Harvard (1978-1982) and a PhD student at Cornell (1984-1991), again due in no small part to several inspirational professors. Dan currently serves as director of the UC Davis herbarium, member of the board of directors of the Davis Botanical Society, president of the Yolo-Colusa Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and editor-in-chief of Systematic Botany, the professional journal of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
Jason Williams (Class of 2023)
is Assistant Director, External Collaborations at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center where he develops national biology education programs. Jason leads education, outreach, and training for CyVerse (US national cyberinfrastructure for the life sciences) and has trained thousands of students, researchers and educators in bioinformatics, data science, and molecular biology. Jason’s focus has been developing bioinformatics in undergraduate education and career-spanning learning for biologists. Jason’s “Reinventing Scientific Talent” proposal was a winning entry in the US National Science Foundation’s NSF 2026 Idea Machine search for the next set of “Big Ideas”; proposals that will shape funding priorities for the foundation. Jason is founder of LifeSciTrainers.org – a global effort to promote community of practice among professionals who develop short-format training for life scientists. Jason is also a member of and has chaired science advisory boards in the US, UK, and Australia, and is a former chair of the Software Carpentry Foundation. In 2020, Jason was recognized as a US National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. Jason is also a teacher at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls.
Mona Ramonetti (Class of 2024)
is the Interim Associate Dean for Library Technologies, Discovery and Digital Services at Stony Brook University in New York. She manages a team of library technology faculty and staff in creating, implementing and overseeing the technology initiatives and infrastructure that support the Stony Brook University Library community. She also leads and manages policy, planning and implementation for Scholarly Communications initiatives that include data management, scholarly publishing, open educational resources, among others. She has chaired and served on numerous national and international committees and working groups such as FORCE 11, COAPI and SPARC. In addition to her role in promoting and sustaining an academic environment of openness and accessibility, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice within the academic environment. She has chaired and served on DEI committees and task forces where she creates and promotes spaces to address discrimination and inequity while fostering a culture of inclusivity and social justice. Outside of her academic work and accomplishments, she enjoys tennis, gardening and spending time with her husband, daughter, son and three dogs (Emma Wheatgerm, Punkin Chubacca and Nova Argentina).
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Past board members
We’d like to thank all the talented individuals who have dedicated their time and expertise to the Dryad board of directors for at least one term from 2012 to 2024:
Lynn Baird, Theo Bloom, Emilio Bruna, Ingrid Dillo, Lee Dirks, Alf Eaton, Martin Fenner, Liz Ferguson, Chuck Fox, Simon Hodson, Brian Hole, Marcel Holyoak, Wolfram Horstmann, Brian Lavoie, Jennifer Lin, Catriona MacCallum, Paolo Mangiafico, Bill Michener, Allen Moore, Fiona Murphy, Johan Nilsson, Naomi Penfold, Iratxe Puebla, Allen Rodrigo, Judy Ruttenberg, Susanna Assunta Sansone, Eefke Smit, Kevin Smith, Carly Strasser, Caroline Sutton, Carol Tenopir, Paul Uhlir, Günter Waibel, Mike Whitlock, and Todd Vision (Dryad’s founding PI and long-serving Board member).
Our team applies their diverse backgrounds in scientific research, librarianship, non-profits, business administration, publishing, and computer science to support open data infrastructure and the preservation of knowledge. To reach us, contact email@example.com.
Jen joined Dryad as Executive Director in October 2021. Since 2005, she has worked with scientists, funders, publishers, libraries, developers and others to explore fresh paths toward accelerating discovery through open research communication and open-technology innovation. Prior to Dryad, Jennifer was Head of Open Research Communication for eLife, a non-profit and research funder-backed initiative to transform science publishing. She is a former Chair of the Board of Directors for OASPA (2020-2022) and a former member of the board for FORCE11 (2018-2020). Learn more about Jen at LinkedIn.
Head of Partnership Development
Maria is an open science enthusiast who enjoys working collaboratively with researchers and other stakeholders in scholarly communication to drive positive change. Maria joins Dryad after more than ten years in academic publishing, primarily at the not-for-profit and open-access journal eLife, where she was Head of Journal Development and worked closely with scientists, research organizations and funding agencies in the biomedical and life sciences space in initiatives to drive growth, foster community engagement and promote best practices in peer review and scientific publishing. At Dryad, Maria helps grow the community of academic and research institutions, research funders, journals and publishers that invest in us to pursue the open sharing and full reuse of all research data.
Head of Business Operations
Mark has worked in academic publishing for over 20 years, with experience ranging from editorial management to strategic development, in academic, nonprofit, and commercial settings. He has held positions at the Archaeological Institute of America, SAGE, and BioOne, where he was Senior Director for Strategic Development. Long active in the development of open-access models, he believes that sustainable models are essential to meaningful innovation in scholarly communications.
Head of Community Engagement
Sarah is a librarian and library consultant with a decade of experience supporting open access, digital scholarship, and scholarly communications through strategic planning, research, service design, facilitation, and communications work. As Head of Community Engagement at Dryad, Sarah works with institutions, funders, and researchers to increase awareness of and engagement with data sharing and data reuse.
Head of Publishing Services
Jess has over 20 years of experience in scientific publishing and publications management. Prior to joining Dryad, she worked for Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Elsevier in various roles related to journal management, system design and training, and customer relations.
Head of Platform Development
Ryan has over 30 years of experience designing and developing systems to manage collections of digital objects. He has been with Dryad since its founding, and has been involved with all aspects of the organization. He has a background in artificial intelligence research, and he believes that the best technology strikes a balance between anticipating what a user needs and allowing the user to remain in control. Ryan also manages technical development for the Covid Information Commons at the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub.
Strategic Partnership Director
Donna Okubo is a nonprofit consultant with over 20 years of experience working within Open Science with expertise in community building, advocacy, and membership development. Prior to consulting, she worked for the Public Library of Science (PLOS), where she was the Senior Strategic Partnership Manager.
Angelica Del Sette
Angelica is an Executive Assistant with over 15 years working at C-Suite level with experience in banking, pharmaceutical, and venture capital organisations with a particular focus on administration, project management, and MS Office 365. In South Africa, she was involved in implementing software across large organisations, workflow and process management and team administration. During her time in Italy she worked alongside political figures and entrepreneurs assisting with campaigns and business administration. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has worked in the Netherlands, Italy and the UK.
Product development team
Senior Software Developer
Audrey has many years of experience developing websites and digital repositories related to libraries and to scientific publishing, with previous roles in software development at Europe PMC, PubMed Central, and the University of Delaware Library. She holds a Master's in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Audrey enjoys reading, traveling, and reading while traveling.
Senior Software Developer
Over the past ~15 years Dragos has been involved in a series of start-ups and large-scale enterprises, ranging from training applications and cloud SAAS/IAAS platforms to medical credentialing/licensing, trading, banking, and social media. This has allowed him to work on complex and challenging projects, gaining experience with understanding product requirements and translating them into intuitive and performant solutions. When he's not coding, he pets his cat, likes to practice sports, travel, & disconnect.
Senior Data Curator
Laura has a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Penn State and worked as a public accountant for several years before transitioning to librarianship. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked in academic and public librarianship, but found her niche in data librarianship. Laura is an avid reader, loves taking walks and exploring new places, and playing with her two cats.
Senior Data Curator
Bryan has a B.A. in Geology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. His academic background is in vertebrate paleontology, with research interests in the early evolution of amphibians. In his free time, Bryan enjoys hiking and camping with his dog, playing Pokemon Go, and watching sports.
Molly holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan, where she studied genomics and sperm biology in hybridizing Platyrrhine primates. She gained extensive experience and a passion for curation as a graduate student curatorial assistant for nearly all UM Museum of Zoology and Herbarium divisions. Molly can be found cuddling her cats, reading, traveling the world as a naturalist, gardening, ice skating, and spoiling her nephew.
Evangeline has a B.Tech in Information Technology. For the last 3 years she has worked in different sectors of the scholarly publishing industry, as a Senior Sales Advisor, an Editorial Quality Analyst, and a Copyeditor, and brings a diverse skill set and experience to data curation. In her spare time, Evangeline enjoys gardening, painting, cooking, and arts & crafts.
Kailasha has a diverse range of experiences and expertise in the fields of medical physics, teaching, biophysics imaging and copyediting. She earned her Master of Medical Physics degree from RMIT University and began her career as a Physicist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Australia, where she gained valuable experience in radiation therapy. She has also taught medical physics and biomedical imaging to undergraduate students. In her free time, Kailasha enjoys pursuing creative outlets such as cooking and painting.
Jeremy transitioned from a management role in English as a Second Language education in Thailand to technical writing and training coordination roles on various biology-driven projects in the United States. He recently repatriated to California where he helps the UC Davis effort on the NIH Common Fund Data Ecosystem.
Our Scientific Advisory Committee guides our strategic direction and provides feedback and insight from the broad research community.
Scientific Advisory Committee members
is a Ghanaian and currently a research assistant at the Parasitology department of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for medical research in Ghana. His work focuses on Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with specific attention to Trypanosomiasis. He has a masters degree in medical Biotechnology (biomedical) from the Faculty of medicine and pharmacy of Rabat, Morocco. His undergraduate degree was in Medical Laboratory technology. His research interest is in RNA interference technology and recombinant DNA technology. When he is not in the laboratory, he enjoys tourism, watching good movies and engaging in science communication.
is currently a postdoctoral scientist at the University of California Davis, where she focuses on neuroendocrinology research and leads the Science Communications Faculty Training Program. She has a dual major Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University (MSU). She is actively involved in mentoring and outreach and is interested in open science and open data. She has served in the Society for Neuroscience Trainee Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committees at MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, the Society for Neuroscience, and UC Davis.
Gregory P. Copenhaver
shares joint appointments as a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biology and Professor in the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences (IBGS) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Greg’s research focuses on chromosome dynamics and the mechanisms of inheritance. He is an Associate Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UNC Center for Bioethics and the Curriculum in Genetics and the UNC Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship. Greg obtained his BS (with high distinction) from University of California Riverside in 1990 and his PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. He completed his postdoctoral studies in Genetics at The University of Chicago in 2001. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies (Biology – MCDB) at UNC for 10 years and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed, open access, scientific journal PLOS Genetics. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the Linnean Society and in 2021 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In addition, he co-founded the biotechnology company Chromatin Inc.
is Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Durham VA Breast Clinic. She is also associate director for Disparities & Value in Healthcare with Duke Forge, Duke University’s center for actionable data science. Effective July 1, 2021, she will be transitioning to the Chief of Breast Surgery for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Associate Professor of Surgery in the Penn School of Medicine. She will also be a fellow in both the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation. She is active in several national organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club and on various committees including the Breast Cancer Care Delivery, and Health Disparities Committees for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology; the Patient-reported Outcomes, Patient Safety and Quality, and Publications Committees and the Health Disparities Advisory Panel for the American Society of Breast Surgeons; the Nominating and Program Committees for the Association for Academic Surgery; the Research and Education and the Women in Surgery Committees for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons; and the Locoregional and Patient-reported Outcomes Committees for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium. In 2019, she was recognized by the National Academy of Medicine as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar. Her research, which is supported by funding from the NIH, has 3 areas of focus: (1) addressing disparities in breast cancer presentation, treatment, outcome, and clinical trial participation; (2) improving prognostication and treatment for biologically aggressive variants of breast cancer that are often more common among racial and ethnic minorities; and (3) creating value in oncologic care, especially through the collection and application of patient-reported outcomes. She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science and an MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard. She received her MD and a master of population health sciences (MPHS) from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed her residency in General Surgery. She completed fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Małgorzata Anna Gazda
is an early career scientist with demonstrated passion for positive cultural change in academia. Her academic background includes training in biology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and a PhD at Biodiversity and Evolution (BIODIV) at University of Porto, where her research mainly focused on dissecting genetic basis of traits important for avian evolution. Read more details. She is a co-chair of Community and Membership Engagement Committee and a part of steering committee at GSA’s (Genetics Society of America) Early Career Leadership Program. She was a part of Early Career Ambassadors program hosted by eLIFE, where she engaged in the meta-research project aiming to assess and help to improve quality of images reporting in life science. Finally she is a member of preprint editorial team at Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Career-wise she is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS).
is Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru and Convenor for Open Access India. He has earned his PhD in Plant Physiology from ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in the year 2004 and joined the Agricultural Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the same year. Apart from his research on Plant Physiology of Agriculture and Horticultural Crops, he has interests in Open Access and Open Data which made him start the Open Access India community, Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OAJMAP) with the help of his colleagues. He actively participated in the development of ICAR Open Access Policy and pronouncement of Delhi Declaration on Open Access. He is also instrumental in the establishment of AgriXiv (now agriRxiv) and IndiaRxiv preprints repositories under the Open Access India community. He is now associated with AmeliCA and is working for use and adoption of AmeliCA XML for the journals being published by various scholarly societies in India for making enriched reading formats and for interoperability of data and information. He can be reached at @SridharGutam and you can read more about his background.
is a bioinformatics researcher, a lecturer, an open science advocate, and a mentor. He is currently a bioinformatician at icipe - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, teaches bioinformatics at Pwani University, and formerly 2019/20 Mozilla open science fellow where he developed a research data management framework for resource contained countries. His research interests are in regulatory genomics using machine learning and statistical modeling to understand and predict transcription factor binding sites and their link to diseases. Caleb is also a founder of OpenScienceKE, an initiative that promotes open approaches to bioinformatics research in Kenya. He is passionate about open science and reproducible bioinformatics research. He continually seeks out opportunities to spread open science, especially within the bioinformatics community in Kenya.
is a postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany working on novel proteome tagging strategies. She has previously trained in Osnabrück and Bonn (both Germany) for a BSc and MSc in Cell Biology and Biomedicine respectively, as well as University College London (UK) where she graduated with a PhD in Cell Biology of Infection in 2020. Melanie is passionate about advocating for open science and sustainability in research. She has been involved in numerous science communication and open science activities and events. Amongst these she has been an eLife ambassador from 2018 to 2020, a member of GBR and a GAPSummit attendee in 2019. She frequently writes articles for the online news outlet BioNews, a non-profit that aims to inform a lay audience of approximately 20,000 subscribers about new scientific findings and policy decisions.
is a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington. He is an archaeologist that works on hominin dispersals into mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia, mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. He is interested in applications of data science, especially techniques, methods, and tools for reproducible research and open science in archaeology and the sciences broadly. See his interviews, writing, and more about his teaching and research .
Academic and research institutions, research funders, scholarly societies and publishers invest in Dryad for the curation, open sharing and reuse of research data in all fields. See our member list and how to join us.
Dryad advocates for community-adopted standards for metadata and persistent identifiers in concert with DataCite, ORCID, ROR, and Funder Registry.
We support the recommendations and implementation guidance of the Joint FORCE11 & COPE Research Data Publishing Ethics Working Group and the Joint Declaration on Data Citation Principles.
We are also pleased to partner with the following organizations and initiatives, for:
- Journal workflow integration: Editorial Manager, eJournalPress
- Persistent identifiers for data publications: DataCite
- Standardized usage metrics for data: Make Data Count
- Data submission enhancements: Zenodo (Concurrent submission of software and supplemental information); Frictionless Data (Tabular data quality validation); rSpace (Electronic lab notebook integration)
- Single sign-on integration: InCommon
- Presenting research data alongside associated research articles: PubMed Central (National Library of Medicine), Europe PMC
- Community engagement and standards development: Data Curation Network, Research Data Alliance (RDA), DataCite, Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure
- Data publishing and generalist repository alignment: National Institutes of Health Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI)
- Metadata enhancement: Metadata Game Changers, CEDAR
- Dataset curation and publication: Kriyadocs
This list is a work-in-progress. If you’d like to suggest an addition, please contact us.
Dryad is grateful to the following consortia and institutions for their support of Dryad through SCOSS. Their contributions enable us to grow our outreach and promotion efforts to bring new members into our community; increase community engagement with current members and users; and stay at the forefront of best practice for data-sharing and building best practice for data reuse.
Council of Australian University Libraries (CAUL)
- Auckland University
- University of New South Wales
- University of Melbourne
Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)
- Mount Royal University
- Toronto Metropolitan University
- University of Alberta
- University of the Fraser Valley
- University of Saskatchewan
- University of Waterloo
- ETH Zürich
- Université de Lausanne
- Iowa State University
Our most current grants and funding initiatives are listed in our Annual report.
Dryad was first conceived in a series of meetings in 2007, hosted alternately by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in California (USA) and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in North Carolina (USA). Our first platform for curating and openly publishing a wide breadth of data types, such as those associated with research in ecology and evolutionary biology, was launched in 2008 with support from a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The project was originally named DRIADE: The Digital Repository of Information and Data for Evolution – which was coincidentally also the name of a favorite local cafe. By the time the platform launched, the name had evolved to “Dryad,” which is easier to remember – frankly – and evokes positive associations with trees. It was important not to hard-code evolution research into what would become home for a wide-ranging scope of data but, with the shorter name, the founders did “coyly allude to phylogenies”.1
In the life of Dryad, outlined below, the introduction of the Joint Data Archiving Policy (JDAP) by a pioneering group of journals and scientific societies in 2011 is worth singling out. JDAP states, to start, that committing journals will require:
as a condition for publication, that data supporting the results in the paper should be archived in an appropriate public archive [...]. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved and usable for decades in the future.
The release of this statement was deeply formative in Dryad’s development and reflects a pioneering spirit that continues to drive us today.
- National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) (at the time, a collaboration of Duke University, with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State—all USA) creates Dryad with a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation
- Dryad goes live at datadryad.org
- The Joint Data Archiving Policy (JDAP) is released
- Dryad incorporates as a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit
From 2018 to 2023, Dryad was supported by in-kind investment in product management, platform development, and grants management through a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL).
In 2024, the Dryad platform represents over 50,000 data publications – the work of over 200,000 researchers in connection with over 70,000 international institutions and over 1,000 academic journals.
For the latest figures, read our Annual report.