Knowledge for Development

Dryad Digital Repository: making the data underlying scholarly publications accessible and reusable

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Date: 30/06/2014

Introduction:

The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes data underlying scientific publications accessible, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types. Non-profit membership is open to any stakeholder organisation, including but not limited to journals, scientific societies, publishers, research institutions, libraries, and funding organisations. Publishers are encouraged to facilitate data archiving by coordinating the submission of manuscripts with their data to Dryad. 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, 2014)  

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