Dryad is now available


The California Digital Library (CDL) Curation Center (UC3) has announced that Dryad is now available. Replacing the UC's previous data repository DASH, Dryad offers new features and enhancements. Dryad's newest features center on making data publishing as easy as possible for researchers by: 

  • supporting datasets as part of journal submission 
  • accepting independent datasets not related to an article 
  • allowing data to be uploaded from cloud storage or lab servers 
  • increasing dataset size up to 300GB 
  • providing easy updating or versioning of datasets 
  • standardizing data usage and citation statistics 
  • allowing submission and downloads through the new REST APIs 

UC Libraries and its partnership with Dryad supports current research practices by allowing datasets to be submitted and/or published at any point during the research process. With the introduction of Dryad there are increased fields for usage notes, methods, standard vocabularies, as well as increased file size limits. Another exciting feature of Dryad is that curators are now available to check submissions to ensure the data are usable. 
The new Dryad platform is just a start, CDL UC3 has further plans to build integrations with publishing platforms such as Editorial Manager, ScholarOne, and PubSweet. These integration will enable more journals to integrate with Dryad. Future plans include working with data analysis and computing spaces such as Jupyter, Binder, WholeTale, and rOpenSci to allow published datasets to be usable within researcher workspaces. Partnerships have also been made with Zenodo, making software and data publishing even more connected for both researchers and publishers. 

The UCI Libraries are excited to work with CDL UC3 in support of Dryad and the needs of researchers through all aspects of the research and publication lifecycle. 

For more information on the implementation of Dryad and/or about data management and curation, please contact Wasila Dahdul at wdahdul@uci.edu or schedule an appointment here: https://spaces.lib.uci.edu/appointments/wasila