We’re happy to announce that presentations are now available from Dryad’s Annual Membership Meeting, held at St. Anne’s College, Oxford this May. Dryad personnel reported on the state of the repository and the organization’s sustainability and business strategy. The meeting also included a very valuable “Emerging Issues Forum” that looked forward to new opportunities for the repository and its community of users. We heard from Marianne Bamkin on model journal policies, Jonathan Tedds on review of data associated with publications, Simon Hodson on funding for data archiving costs, Sarah Callaghan on recommendations for data citation policy, Martin Fenner on ways to track data usage and impact, Eefke Smit on the state of the art in repository certification, Susanna-Assunta Sansone on the relevance of the ISA and Biosharing initiatives, and Bill Michener on the opportunities provided by DataONE and other DataNets.
This was the first community meeting since Dryad incorporated as a nonprofit in July 2012, and it was an opportunity for the organization’s Members to exercise their role in governance. By electronic votes, returning director Susanna-Assunta Sansone, as well as new members Charles Fox, Martin Fenner and Carol Tenopir were elected to the 2016 class of the Board of Directors and several minor amendments to the ByLaws were unanimously adopted.
The meeting capped several days of programming around data, publication and scholarly communication. The week kicked off with an exciting one-day symposium on The Now and Future of Data Publishing, cosponsored by Jisc, BioSharing, DataONE, Dryad, STM and Wiley-Blackwell (presentations available on Slideshare). The next day, Dryad and ORCID co-organized a Symposium on Research Attribution in conjunction with ORCID’s Outreach Meeting and Codefest, and presentations from the symposium are available on the ORCID website. The symposium featured keynote talks from Joanna McEntyre (Europe PubMedCentral) and David DeRoure (Oxford eResearch Centre); panel discussions with Liz Allen (Wellcome Trust), John Kaye (British Library), Neil Chue Hong (Software Sustainability Institute), Christine Borgman (UCLA), Trish Groves (BMJ) and Martin Fenner (PLOS); and a wrap-up discussion with Cameron Neylon (PLOS).
Many thanks to those of you who contributed as both organizers and participants, and a special thanks to our hosts at the Oxford eResearch Institute. The next meeting will be in May 2013 in North America and will also be open to the community. Please let us know if you have ideas for what you’d like to see in the next Emerging Issues forum.