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Our Governance

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.

Current Board Members

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.

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 2022) 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.

Catriona MacCallum

Catriona MacCallum (Class of 2022) is Director of Open Science at Hindawi Ltd, London, UK. She has almost 20 years experience in scholarly publishing and 15 years in Open Access Publishing. She initially worked as Editor of Trends in Ecology & Evolution for Elsevier before joining the Open-Access publisher PLOS in 2003 to launch PLOS Biology as one of the Senior Editors. She also acted as a Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE, leaving PLOS as Advocacy Director in 2017. She is currently a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform and the UKRI Open Access Practitioners Group. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of OpenAire and the Royal Society (Publishing), and is on the newly launched steering committee of DORA. She is a founding individual of I4OC (the Initiative for Open Citations) campaign. She has a PhD (on speciation) from the University of Edinburgh.

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 2022) 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.

Naomi Penfold

Naomi Penfold (Class of 2022) is Associate Director of ASAPbio, a non-profit organisation with the mission to increase transparency and innovation in life and biomedical science communication. At ASAPbio and as member of the PREreview advisory board, Naomi works to increase the productive use of preprinting in biology. She brings to the Board experience as a life scientist (PhD, 2017, University of Cambridge), in science publishing and open science innovation (eLife, 2016-2018), and a current focus on scientific community engagement as a fellow of the CSCCE Community Engagement Fellowship Program (CEFP) 2019. Read more about Naomi: https://asapbio.org/dt_team/naomi-penfold

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.

Charles Fox

Charles Fox (Ex Officio) 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.

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.


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