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

Theodora Bloom
Theodora Bloom (Class of 2017) left laboratory science after a PhD in developmental biology and a postdoctoral fellowship in cell and molecular biology, and has for the past 20 years worked as an editor and publisher at Nature, Current Biology and more recently the commercial open access publisher BioMed Central and then the non-profit open access publisher the Public Library of Science (PLOS). As Biology Editorial Director at PLOS she had responsibility for the biological journals including PLOS Biology (for which she was Chief Editor), and took the lead for PLOS on issues around data access and availability. She is now Executive Editor of the BMJ.
Emilio Bruna
Emilio Bruna (Class of 2017) 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 will bring 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.
Ingrid Dillo
Ingrid Dillo (Class of 2018) holds a PhD in history. She is a generalist who over the last twenty-five years has mainly been active in the field of policy development. After a period as senior policy researcher at Research voor Beleid in Leiden she worked for many years as a senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands. Ingrid is now deputy director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). Among her areas of interest are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. Ingrid is a member of the Research Data Expert Group of the Knowledge Exchange and the International Board of the Data Seal of Approval (DSA). She is vice chair of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU/World Data System, and is actively involved in a number of groups within the Research Data Alliance. See Ingrid's LinkedIn page.
Martin Fenner
Martin Fenner (Class of 2017) has been involved in various scholarly communication projects since 2007. After working as medical doctor and cancer researcher until 2012, he joined the Public Library of Science as a contractor to work as technical lead for their Article-Level Metrics project. Martin Fenner has been involved in the ORCID initiative since 2010, and was an ORCID Board member until starting to work part-time for the EU-funded ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network in October 2012. Martin Fenner sits on the advisory Board of the German National Library of Medicine. In August 2015 Martin became the DataCite Technical Director. Martin's blog.
Liz Ferguson
Liz Ferguson (Class of 2017) has worked in journals publishing for the past 15 years. The last eight of these have seen her lead the Blackwell (now Wiley-Blackwell) program in whole organismal biology, and most recently she has worked to develop and launch the Wiley Open Access program.
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
Simon Hodson
Simon Hodson (Class of 2018) is Executive Director of CODATA, an organisation whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use. From 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successive phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme. Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience; he sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data including the ICSU-WDS Data Publication Working Group.
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.
Bill Michener
Bill Michener (Class of 2018) is active in both the environmental and information sciences and has directed several large interdisciplinary research programs and information technology projects including the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Biocomplexity and Ecology Programs, the Development Program for the NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research Network, and numerous infrastructure projects that focus on developing information technologies in support of the sciences, including the ongoing Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). He has extensive experience in project management, meeting facilitation, and service on non-profit Boards (e.g., Organization for Tropical Studies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology) and Editorial Boards (e.g., Ecological Society of America Ecology Board member and Editor of Ecological Archives, Associate Editor for Ecological Informatics).
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.
Susanna Sansone
Susanna Sansone (Class of 2019), Associate Director and Principal Investigator at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, has twelve years' experience in data curation and data management. With her team, she research and develop methods and software for curating, sharing and enabling reproducible research, driving science and discoveries with and for a variety of user communities in the biological, biomedical and environmental areas. Susanna works with funding agencies and pre-competitive informatics initiatives to promote the uptake of community-developed ontology and standards. She is a central player in the grass-roots data standardization movement; she is co- founder of the MIBBI and the BioSharing initiatives (http://biosharing.org), Board Member of several standardization initiatives and a data consultant at Nature Publishing Group.
Todd Vision
Todd Vision (Class of 2018) 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.

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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