Mission and Vision

The organization: Overview

The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of datatypes.

Dryad’s vision is to promote a world where research data is openly available, integrated with the scholarly literature, and routinely re-used to create knowledge.

Our mission is to provide the infrastructure for, and promote the re-use of, data underlying the scholarly literature.

Dryad is governed by a nonprofit membership organization. Membership is open to any stakeholder organization, including but not limited to journals, scientific societies, publishers, research institutions, libraries, and funding organizations.

Publishers are encouraged to facilitate data archiving by coordinating the submission of manuscripts with submission of data to Dryad. Learn more about submission integration.

Dryad originated from an initiative among a group of leading journals and scientific societies in evolutionary biology and ecology to adopt a joint data archiving policy (JDAP) for their publications, and the recognition that easy-to-use, sustainable, community-governed data infrastructure was needed to support such a policy.



Dryad is a not-for-profit membership organization, recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Membership is open to any stakeholder organization, including but not limited to journals, scientific societies, publishers, research institutions, libraries, and funding organizations.

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.

Board of Directors

Emilio Bruna
Emilio Bruna (Class of 2020) is a Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor of Tropical Ecology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He is Editor-in-Chief of Biotropica and previously served on the Editorial Board of Ecology and Ecological Monographs. He brings to the Board the perspective of a research scientist (>65 peer-reviewed publications) and Editor (~600 decisions on manuscripts) who works in close collaboration with scientists and students in developing countries. He also has experience curating and archiving ecological datasets, including several in Dryad.
Alf Eaton
Alf Eaton (Class of 2019) has been working as a software developer on the whole lifecycle of science publishing for the past 14 years, building tools for authors, readers, editors, curators and reviewers at Nature, Mendeley, and the open access journal PeerJ. Alf is currently part of the Manuscripts team at Atypon, building an open source editor for collaboratively authoring research articles.
Charles Fox
Charles Fox (Class of 2019) is a professor of evolutionary biology, Senior Editor of Functional Ecology, co-editor of five books in evolutionary biology, and co-editor of the Year in Evolution series (published by Wiley-Blackwell). He brings to the Board the perspective of a research scientist (with over 100 refereed articles) with extensive experience in the publishing industry as an editor and previous member of British Ecological Society's Publications Committee. Read more about Chuck.
Brian Hole
Brian Hole (Class of 2020) is the CEO of Ubiquity Press, an open access publisher with a strong focus on alternative research outputs such as data, software, hardware and bioresources. Prior to this he worked at the British Library, managing the DryadUK project which focussed on establishing a sustainable business model and publisher integrations, and also on building cost models for digital preservation. Earlier positions included product development on the Elsevier journals platform, and of analytic applications for enterprise data warehousing at Business Objects. Brian has a research background, and continues to undertake data-centric research at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London when he finds the time.
Wolfram Horstmann
Wolfram Horstmann (Class of 2021) has been Director of Göttingen State and University Library since 2014. Prior to that, he was Associate Director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK and CIO at Bielefeld University, Germany. He is Professor at the Information School of the Humboldt University in Berlin, teaching Electronic Publishing, Open Access and Open Science. He is biologist by training and worked on the epistemology of simulations for his doctoral thesis. Read more details.
Jennifer Lin
Jennifer Lin (Class of 2019) has fifteen years’ experience in product development, project management, community outreach, and change management within scholarly communications, education, and the public sector. She is currently Director of Product Management at Crossref, a scholarly infrastructure provider. She previously worked for PLOS where she oversaw product strategy and development for their data program, article-level metrics initiative, and open assessment activities. She worked to promote data sharing through data repositories and the development of tools to make data discoverable and re-usable. Jennifer earned her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. See Jennifer’s ORCiD profile.
Paolo Mangiafico
Paolo Mangiafico (Class of 2021) is the Scholarly Communications Strategist at Duke University and Director of the Scholarly Communication Institute, an annual program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that brings together leading thinkers and innovators from many disciplines and backgrounds to solve problems and develop initiatives to advance all forms of scholarly communication. In his role at Duke, Paolo works with librarians, technologists, faculty, students, and university leadership to plan and implement programs that promote greater reach and impact for scholarship in many forms, including open access to publications and data and emerging platforms for publishing digital scholarship. His work focuses on how new technologies can be adapted to further the knowledge-sharing mission of research universities and the intersection between social, economic, and technical systems. Paolo has been a fellow in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke, led an early digital library project called The Digital Scriptorium and Duke Libraries’ Web Services and Research & Development departments, and has served as a consultant for universities, university presses, and government agencies, as well as a lecturer in information science. His volunteer civic work has included serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Library and as a tutor at the Durham Literacy Center, and he currently volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with the Durham County court system.
Fiona Murphy
Fiona Murphy (Class of 2020) held a range of scholarly publishing roles with Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury Academic and Wiley after completing a DPhil in English Literature. As Publisher for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wiley, she began to specialize in emerging scholarly communications with particular emphasis on Open Science and Open Data. Now an independent research data and publishing consultant advising institutions, learned societies and commercial publishing companies, Fiona is also an Associate Fellow at the University of Reading and has written and presented widely on data publishing, open data and open science. She is a past and current member of several research projects including PREPARDE (Peer Review of Research Data in the Earth Sciences), Data2Paper (a cloud-based app for automating the data article submission process) and the Scholarly Commons Working Group (a Force11 project devising principles and practices for open science systems). An active member – and sometime Co-Chair – for several Research Data Alliance Groups focusing on data publishing policies, workflows and accreditation systems, Fiona has organized a number of data-related events and sessions at scientific meetings. She regularly writes and reviews articles on these topics and recently co-edited a special issue on persistent identifiers.
Johan Nilsson
Johan Nilsson (Class of 2019) works at the Oikos Editorial Office, a society-owned publishing foundation based at Lund University, Sweden. His main responsibilities are to manage the peer-review, production and marketing of one of their journals, Journal of Avian Biology. He also coordinates the society’s projects on open access, open data and public outreach. Johan has a background as a research scientist in evolutionary ecology and remain actively engaged in research in this field. He has a strong passion for scientific communication and social media engagement and is particularly interested in how the benefits of open science (and open data in particular) can be better communicated to researchers.
Carly Strasser
Carly Strasser (Class of 2020) Carly is the Director of Academic Alliances and Data Strategy at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she develops partnerships with academic and non-profit research organizations in support of Hutch Data Commonwealth initiatives. Carly was previously a program officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, focused on funding and promoting academic data science. While at Moore, Carly led the implementation of an open access policy for grantees. Previously, Carly also worked as Director of Strategic Development for the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and was a Research Data Specialist at the California Digital Library where she helped develop and promote CDL’s researcher-focused services, and worked to encourage data sharing and good data management practices by researchers. Carly received a B.A. in Marine Science and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. More at carlystrasser.net.
Caroline Sutton
Caroline Sutton (Class of 2021) is Director of Editorial Development with Taylor & Francis. Before joining the company in October 2016, she was co-founder of Co-Action Publishing, a full OA publisher. She helped to found and served as the first President of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) from 2008-2013 and is a member of the present board. She has served on the advisory boards for OpenAIRE+, the Munin Conference and is Director with Infrastructure Services for Open Access (IS4OA) which houses the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).   At Taylor & Francis, Caroline has led efforts to roll out data sharing policies as well as initiatives related to open scholarship across subject areas. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Uppsala University.
Paul Uhlir
Paul Uhlir, J.D. (Class of 2021) is a consultant in information policy and management. He was Scholar at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, DC in 2015-2016, and Director of its Board on Research Data and Information, 2008-2015. He was employed at the NAS in various capacities from 1985-2016, and at the Department of Commerce in 1984-1985. Paul has won several prizes from the NAS and the international CODATA in data policy, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Read more detailed information about his professional activities.
Todd Vision
Todd Vision (Ex Officio) has a research background in evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics, and more recently has investigated various aspects of scholarly communication in science. He served as the Associate Director of Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center from 2006-2015 and, in that position, helped steer a wide variety of community-oriented informatics capacity-building programs. Vision has been Principal Investigator on the primary NSF grant funding Dryad since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Phoenix Bioinformatics.
Günter Waibel
Günter Waibel (Ex Officio) is Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of California Digital Library, one of the world's largest digital research libraries. Collaborating with stakeholders across the UC system and beyond, Waibel is advancing efforts to build and support new models of scholarly communication; provide leadership, strategic planning, management and decision making for the CDL; and foster strategic partnerships at the state, national, and international levels. Waibel brings extensive experience in the digital library and broader cultural heritage communities and is well-known for his work in promoting cross-domain collaboration. In his previous position as the Director of the Digitization Program Office at the Smithsonian Institution, Waibel oversaw the strategic plan for creating a digital Smithsonian out of the institution’s 19 museums and 9 research centers. More at http://www.linkedin.com/in/waibel.

Our community

Data are the foundation of the scientific enterprise. By preserving and making available the data underlying the scientific and medical literature, Dryad provides benefits to individual researchers, educators and students and to a diversity of stakeholder organizations.

Researchers: Dryad benefits researchers by providing free access to data they can use for a host of different purposes: to study and validate published results, for methodology development, for meta-analyses, and to address novel questions using historic observations. Submitting to Dryad helps researchers get more credit for their work by increasing the usability and citability of their data.

Educators and students: Dryad provides educators and students with the opportunity to teach and learn a broad array of analysis techniques, and general data literacy skills, using both classic and recently published research data.

Scientific societies: Archiving data in Dryad strengthens the legacy of a scientific society by permanently preserving the data and increasing the research impact of its members and community. The availability of data creates new opportunities for research and education and promotes public trust in science.

Journals and publishers: Dryad frees journals and publishers from the responsibility and costs of publishing and maintaining supplemental data in perpetuity. By encouraging a broader range of reuse, journals and publishers increase the impact, citations and the prestige of their publications.

Research institutes and libraries: Dryad provides institutions with a new method their researchers can use to showcase their work. It provides infrastructure for the preservation and dissemination of research data collected at the institution, as well as data from other institutions of value to its patrons.

Research funding organizations: Dryad provides a cost-effective mechanism for free, long-term access to data which, in turn, enables new research. Data availability improves the rigor of the scientific record and public trust in the scientific enterprise.



Dryad gratefully acknowledges support from the following organizations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the project staff and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.

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Last revised: 2016-8-18

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