Press release: Jason Williams named Dryad Board Chair

Dryad, the open data publishing platform and community committed to the open availability and routine reuse of all research data, welcomes Jason Williams as chair of the Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term. Williams succeeds outgoing board chair Johan Nilsson of Oikos Editorial Office in Lund, Sweden.

Portrait of Jason Williams.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected by my colleagues to take up the position of Chair,” Williams said. “Dryad’s unique position of trust with scientific communities and individual scientists comes from a shared desire not just to make data available, but to realize the full value of data. Dryad’s focus on curation adds value to research products, and our commitment to advancing open science for everyone resonates with our community. I’ll work to honor, reinforce, and expand upon these values in this new role.” 

Williams is particularly committed to advancing the values of diversity and inclusion in the Dryad community. “A key priority for my term will be supporting researchers from groups that have been historically excluded. It will be important to ensure that new and increasing obligations to make data open include researchers working in contexts with fewer resources, ” Williams said.

Williams is Assistant Director, Diversity and Research Readiness  at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center in New York, USA, where he develops national biology education programs. He leads education, outreach, and training for CyVerse (US national cyberinfrastructure for the life sciences) and has trained thousands of students, researchers and educators in bioinformatics, data science, and molecular biology. Williams is also founder of LifeSciTrainers.org – a global effort to promote community of practice among professionals who develop short-format training for life scientists. He is a member of and has chaired science advisory boards in the US, UK, and Australia, Williams teaches at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls.

“Jason has an incredible richness of experience in helping individual scientists to do their work more effectively with the latest resources – and helping the rest of us to learn from that experience,” said Dryad’s Executive Director, Jen Gibson. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Jason over the last year and I’m so pleased he’s agreed to take on this leadership role for Dryad.” 

Jason assumes the role of Chair as a new cohort of Board members joins and Dryad announces an expansion of the team. Learn more about our board of directors at https://datadryad.org/stash/our_governance

For more information or to request an interview, please contact sarah@datadryad.org.   

About Dryad
Dryad is an open data curation and publishing organization that focuses on the access and reuse of diverse globally produced research data. The last several years have seen significant growth for Dryad, with thousands more datasets added each year, new international institutional members coming on board, more sophisticated publisher integrations, and industry leading features for authors – including a partnership with Zenodo for the support of software publishing. Most recently, Dryad announced our alignment with policy guidance from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, demonstrating how we support researchers, institutions, and publishers to comply with open data policies.

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Price change: We’re updating our fee for authors

In recognition of current costs, we’re increasing the Dryad data publication fee to $150, effective January 2023. 

Key points 

  • The fee for researchers submitting directly to Dryad, and not in affiliation with an institution or journal that covers fees on their behalf, will increase from $120 to 150. 
  • The increase focuses on cost-recovery, not generating a margin, and is based on an analysis of Dryad costs that was completed in July 2021. (See our latest Annual Report for information on costs).
  • Between July 2021 and June 2022, over 1,700 individual researchers paid Dryad directly to publish their data. Another 126 were not asked to pay a fee on the basis that they submitted from a country included in our waiver policy or made a special request.
  • Seven publishers, 17 academic societies & research organizations, and 51 institutions work with Dryad to cover costs for individuals submitting data in affiliation with them. The change does not affect our membership agreements.
  • The fee was last increased in January 2016.

We’re sensitive to the fact that fees for individual researchers are a burden and create inequities. Our partnerships with journals and institutions, whereby researchers submit data to Dryad in affiliation with either one, circumvent fees for researchers altogether. Expanding these partnerships is key to alleviating this burden on individuals and maintaining an important revenue stream for Dryad.

In the meantime, to better accommodate researchers who lack funds to pay the fee for any reason, beyond and including their geographic location, we’ll expand our waiver policy so that any author may request one. 

We’re prepared to reverse fees for individuals associated with journals or institutions that join Dryad within 90 days of the change taking effect. Please contact us via hello [at] datadryad [dot] org

Finally, a note on our costs: The Dryad organization is experiencing a lot of change. Our team is growing and increasing in specialism to better support the journals, institutions and researchers that entrust their data to us. We are receiving many more submissions each month, and are well-positioned to support emerging policies for public access to research data (such as those from the U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Institutes of Health). Our focus in the last year has been on optimizing our processes and achieving cost-efficiencies, the results of which will be shared in our upcoming annual reports. 

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Quarterly roundup: Your November 2022 news from Dryad 

Welcome to the Dryad newsletter, keeping you up to date with data policies and compliance, Dryad product developments and events, and more. To get latest news and developments from Dryad delivered straight to your inbox, please sign up to join our mailing list.


Register for Dryad’s November open house

Emerging data publishing guidance set out by the recent memo from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) require change from researchers, institutions, and publishing organizations. Simply posting data to the internet will not meet these new criteria.  

On November 30, Dryad will host its first Open House event to discuss ‘How to align with new US data access policies’ to support those affected and their transition to meet new requirements for open access to research data.  

To ensure as many of our community can join as possible, we will be running two sessions on November 30.


New Board of Directors and team members

Dryad welcomes new international Board of Directors and team members to support the organization in addressing major national policy developments and enhancing the platform to serve the evolving needs of researchers.  

The governing board includes four new members who offer a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives and knowledge in open research data publishing:  

  •   Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield 
  •   Barbara Ebert, German Federation for Biological Data e.V. 
  •   Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University 
  •   Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute.  

The team expansion includes the appointment of five accomplished individuals

  • Bryan Gee as Curator 
  • Audrey Hamelers as Senior Full Stack Developer 
  • Jess Herzog as Head of Publishing Services 
  • Mark Kurtz as Head of Business Operations 
  • Sarah Lippincott as Head of Community Engagement  

Dryad’s stance on U.S. data policies

“…Dryad is well-positioned to support research communities that will rapidly need to develop research management strategies in response to the policy…” – Sarah Lippincott, Head of Community Engagement

Dryad serves and supports all stakeholders across the research data landscape through complying with, evaluating, and providing the most up-to-date information on new and existing data policy. The below blog entries explore in detail Dryad’s role and support across three important policy announcements and updates:  


Making Dryad more data science friendly

By undertaking a detailed analysis in 2022 of the Dryad corpus and the API, and establishing a partnership in 2021 with Frictionless to run data validation across all new submissions, combined with community listening, it revealed that with any data publisher, value needs to lie in the usability of published datasets. Dryad has used this insight to focus on feature sets that are centered on reusability, machine usability, and pluggability – through aligning with popular data science tools, educating researchers along the submission process with more complex checks, and automated tooling for quality, and more.  

 “Becoming part of the Dryad community has helped us at Lane Medical Library build stronger connections with researchers on campus, engage more fully in discussions related to the management and sharing of research data, and become part of the broader open science community. Being able to address the question ‘How should I share my data?’ with a top of the line and curation-focused platform not only helps us to address an immediate need but allows us to position the library as a source of expertise on related issues more generally.”

– John Borghi, Director, Research & Instruction, Lane Medical Library, Stanford 

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Data stories: Open data for climate justice

Access to reusable, restriction-free open data is critically important to advancing research that helps communities around the world understand and respond to the impacts of climate change. In support of this year’s Open Access Week theme, “open for climate justice,” Dryad data curator Bryan Gee rounded up a sample of the many Dryad datasets published in support of climate-related research.  

Open Access Week 2022 promotional image, with various pictures of human  impact on the environment overlayed with the OA lock logo.

The role of museums in climate and biodiversity research

  1. Jensen et al. identified a new (but sadly now-extinct) lineage of Galapagos giant tortoise by sampling skeletons collected 116 years ago and now stored at the California Academy of Sciences. Access the data and read the article.
  2. Wehi et al. analyzed isotopic data from dozens of museum specimens of the New Zealand kea, some nearly 150 old, to test whether increased human land-use led to dietary shifts in this parrot. Access the data and read the article.
  3. Stuart et al. compared genomic data of 19th-century and modern common starlings and found parallel evolution (globally common factors) and divergent evolution (novel habitat invasion). Access the data and read the article.
  4. Dubinner and Meiri examined around eight thousand bird specimens collected over the last 70 years in Israel and found that birds have either become smaller or longer, both adaptations to mitigate higher temperatures. Access the data and read the article.
  5. Castelli et al. studied museum and wild specimens of the bearded dragon (with temperature-dependent sex determination) and found that local adaptation counteracts the tendency for high temperatures leading to sex reversal. Access the data and read the article.
  6. Sheard et al. used datasets, including museum collections, to examine ant biodiversity in Denmark over 119 years, showing dynamics are more complex than the simple “insect decline” narrative. Access the data and read the article.

Impacts of climate change and human activity on terrestrial (land) ecosystems

  1. Wu et al. studied Chinese piebald odorous frogs on dam-formed artificial islands and found island females show dwarfism and diet shifts compared to non-islanders, but island males show no differences. Access the data and read the article.
  2. Pellerin et al. tested experimental populations of the common lizard and found that the effects of temperature increases on life history and population structure is highly dependent on (dis)connectivity between thermal habitats. Access the data and read the article.
  3. Liu et al. modeled future ranges of giant pandas under different climate scenarios and showed that habitat loss may not be as high as previously thought, but the risk differs greatly between mountain ranges. Access the data and read the article.
  4. Didion-Gency et al. studied the effect of increased temperature and reduced water on European beech and oak trees and found that both are adversely affected but interspecies interactions partially mitigate for oak. Access the data and read the article.
  5. Hoy et al. compared factors affecting nutritional restriction in moose and found that climate variation was more influential than biotic factors like density, predation, and diet composition. Access the data and read the article.
  6. Castaño Sanz et al. studied seed beetles exposed to non-lethal doses of pesticides, which affected lifespan and reproduction in later generations, showing long-term impacts of environmental decisions. Access the data and read the article.

Impacts of climate change and human activity on aquatic ecosystems

  1. Isotalo et al. exposed sticklebacks to prolonged heat and showed that duration of extreme climate events is crucial for assessing impact. Short- and long-term exposures may differ drastically. Access the data and read the article.
  2. Holt and Boersma documented a catastrophic extreme-heat-induced mortality event of Magellanic Penguins (44 degrees Celcius shade temperature). It is critical to document extreme weather events and their effects on organisms as frequency increases. Access the data and read the article.
  3. Wright et al. identified interspecific variation in kelps’ ability to sequester carbon (carbon exportation versus decomp rate). Kelp adapted to warmer temperatures has lower sequestration potential. Access the data and read the article.
  4. Steward-Sinclair et al. assessed global vulnerability of mollusc aquaculture to climate change and ocean acidification. Rapid local and global declines are likely within decades. Access the data and read the article.
  5. Anderson et al. developed habitat suitability models for deep-sea corals in New Zealand and showed that existing protected regions have minimal overlap with current and predicted coral ranges. Access the data and read the article.
  6. Diamantopoulou et al. tested effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on plankton; Red and green (used to help birds and sea turtles) increased plankton growth including species known for harmful algal blooms. Access the data and read the article.

Impacts of climate change and human activity on airborne life and the atmosphere

  1. Naimi et al. modeled the effects of climate and land-cover change on bird distributions. Temperate regions increased in habitability (tropicalizing) while current tropical zones decreased. Access the data and read the article.
  2. A study by Sanderfoot and Gardner tested the effects of wildfire smoke on bird detection in the state of Washington and found that smoke notably decreased the probability of observing many species. Access the data and read the article.
  3. Wang et al. studied Japanese pipistrelle bats living near an airport and found that airport noise does not overlap with echolocation vocals but bats greatly reduce feeding activity to avoid noise. Access the data and read the article.
  4. A study by Goldsmith et al. on seasonal origin of water in Swiss trees found they mostly use winter water, even in peak summer, but variation between species and years studied. Access the data and read the article.
  5. A study by Gerson et al. found the Amazon forest canopy captures mercury from gold mining, limiting broader release but also concentrating it locally, as found in soil and songbird samples. Access the data and read the article.
  6. A study by Johnson et al. tested effects of higher CO2 on wheat’s anti-herbivore defenses. Silica allocation decreased while phenolics (chemical) allocation increased, resulting in total defense still being effective. Access the data and read the article.

Impacts of anthropogenic activity on the environment and the life that we share our planet with

  1. Rabow et al. found that heavy metal contamination in forests not only inhibits decomposition but also increases antibiotic resistance in soil bacteria, a new reservoir of microbial resistance. Access the data and read the article.
  2. Coelho et al. studied the utility to humans and relative abundance of arboreal Amazon plants and found that approximately 50 percent of species are useful but these represent a whopping 84 percent of all individual plants. Access the data and read the article.
  3. Felderhoff et al. compared urban gardens to see which support diverse bee communities. Use of evidence-based strategies (e.g., increasing nest resources) can maximize the habitability of urban habitats. Access the data and read the article.
  4. Brauns et al. Synthesized impact of human activity on stream and river functionality and identified major effects of stressors like wastewater and agriculture. Access the data and read the article.
  5. A study by Koehn et al. designed a framework using species risk and economic dependency to assess current and future vulnerability of fishing-dependent communities in California, Oregon, and Washington. Access the data and read the  article.
  6. Jiang et al. tested effects of microplastics on larval development of channel catfish and found that after 48 hours, microplastics adversely affected gene expression, metabolism, and organ development. Access the data and read the article.
  7. A study by Yabsley et al. on the gray-headed flying fox found this urban species prefers residential spaces (diverse anthropogenic food options). Access the data and read the article.
  8. Penjor et al. tested effects of settlement density on large carnivores in Bhutan. Differing dynamics of co-occurrence between dholes, leopards, and tigers show human activity mediates carnivore behavior. Access the data and read the article.

We appreciate all of the authors who publish datasets with us and who contribute to open data and open science. Dryad, our software and all your research data, will always be non-profit, community-led, open access and open source. Explore more Dryad data by subject, location, and keyword search

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New at Dryad: Welcome additions to the team

Over the last year, since I joined Dryad in October 2021, it’s been a real pleasure to get to know our community, our service, how we interoperate, and how Dryad can continue to support evolving interests in research data among institutions, publishing organizations, funders and researchers. There is so much motion in the space – lots to keep us busy!

We’ve begun to expand the team to address the opportunities we see, and I’m so pleased to be able to announce that these impressive individuals have committed to join Dryad in the last several months. Please join me in welcoming:

  • Bryan Gee joined Dryad as our first full-time curator in some time. Bryan was most recently a post-doc in paleontology at the University of Washington and has a real passion for extinct animals, science, science communication, helping colleagues in research, and curating. Our Twitter followers will have noticed a recent boost in energy as Bryan took the helm. Bryan joins a vibrant and committed curation team that also includes Aadithya, Amelia, Carolyn, Jeremy, Joseph, and Savannah. Learn more about them here.
  • Audrey Hamelers is our new Senior Full Stack Developer and joins Scott Fisher, Ryan Scherle and Maria Praetzellis (our interim Product Manager) on our Product Development Team. Audrey is a front-end ninja and is quickly ramping up contributions to the open-source components of our platform. Audrey comes to Dryad from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Cambridge and has done extensive work with databases and publishing workflows. Her code commits will soon be popping up!
  • Jess Herzog is a long-time curator for Dryad, our some-time Interim Publishing Manager, and now Head of Publishing Services. Jess has done incredible work to unveil the intricacy of the data publishing process and begin to drive efficiencies – as well as supporting everyone on the curation team. One of Jess’ key foci moving forward will be ensuring high-quality service delivery to the journals, institutions and authors that entrust their data to us. Jess has over 20 years of experience in scientific publishing and publications management. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jess via our contact page
  • Mark Kurtz came on board in March but requested no fanfare. Mark is our powerhouse Head of Business Operations and has overall responsibility for ensuring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of operations across Dryad. It’s tough to say just how significant Mark’s contributions have already been, but many of our readers will have felt them themselves. Mark comes to Dryad with a few decades in publishing and some experience with knowledge graphs and AI/ML as well.
  • Sarah Lippincott is our not-so-new Head of Community Engagement. Sarah joined the team in late January this year, to help with outreach to institutions and policy makers in the UK and Europe. Her responsibilities expand now, to also deepen Dryad’s connection with our communities and help promote data sharing and data reuse. Sarah is a librarian and recent consultant, with a decade of experience supporting open access, digital scholarship, and scholarly communications through strategic planning, research, service design, facilitation, and communications work. 

At the time of writing, we continue to recruit for a Head of Partnership Development, a Senior Product Manager (at UC3), and a Full Time Data Curator

I’m grateful to the Dryad Board of Directors for agreeing to invest in growth for Dryad at this important time for research data, to the U.S. National Science Foundation for ongoing support (under the Sustaining Award program), to the U.S. National Institutes of Health for support under the General Repository Ecosystem Initiative, and to these new members of the Dryad team. It’s great to work with you!  

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New at Dryad: Latest changes to our governing board

Dryad is pleased to announce the members of our Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term. This group of accomplished and passionate individuals will guide the organization as we address major national policy developments, expand our global membership program, and enhance our publishing platform to serve the evolving needs of researchers. 

The Dryad Board of Directors is composed of 12 individuals who represent different stakeholders and voices in open research data publishing. They are recruited for their particular skills or perspectives, according to the needs of the organization each year, and ratified by a vote of the Dryad membership. Each member serves three years, and assumes responsibility for overseeing the healthy performance of Dryad as a non-profit organization and the realization of our mission: to enable and promote the re-use of research data. The California Digital Library, a major partner to Dryad, is represented on the board as an ex-officio member. 

We are grateful for the dedicated service of our outgoing members Wolfram Horstmann, Director of Göttingen State and University Library; Catriona MacCallum, Director of Open Science at Hindawi Ltd; Naomi Penfold, Research Data Analyst, Invest In Open Infrastructure; and Johan Nilsson of Oikos Editorial Office who will carry on as Ex-Officio.

We offer a warm welcome to our newest members Andrew Beckerman, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Sheffield; Barbara Ebert, Executive Secretary, German Federation for Biological Data e.V. (GFBio); Kristi Holmes, Director of Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine (Health & Biomedical Informatics) at Northwestern University; and Devika Madalli, Professor of the Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute and Adjunct faculty, DISI, University of Trento. We are grateful for the wealth and diversity of knowledge and experience each of these individuals will bring to their roles on the Dryad board.

The full Dryad Governing Board now includes:

  • Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Barbara Ebert,​​ German Federation for Biological Data e.V. (Germany)
  • Scott Edmunds, GigaScience (CHN)
  • Brooks Hanson, American Geophysical Union (USA) 
  • Kristi Holmes, Northwestern University (USA)
  • Devika Madalli, Indian Statistical Institute (IN)
  • Ian Mulvany, British Medical Journal (UK)
  • Fiona Murphy, MoreBrains Cooperative (UK)
  • Johan Nilsson, Oikos Editorial Office (Sweden) (Ex-officio)
  • Iratxe Puebla, ASAPbio (UK)
  • Judy Ruttenberg, Association of Research Libraries (USA)
  • Caroline Sutton, STM (The International Association for Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) (NOR)
  • Jason Williams, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (USA)
  • Günter Waibel, California Digital Library (USA)(Ex-officio)

More information is available at https://datadryad.org/stash/our_governance

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U.S. policy: Dryad welcomes OSTP memorandum on ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research

Dryad welcomes the U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum on ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access. As a platform for the curation and open publication of data serving the research community since 2008, Dryad is well-positioned to support research communities that will rapidly need to develop research management strategies in response to the policy and to augment capacity for institutions and publishers confronting a coming wave of open research outputs. 

The memorandum requires United States (U.S.) federal granting bodies to develop and implement new policies making all tax-payer funded scholarly research and underlying raw data freely and publicly available without embargo by 2026. In addition to removing the embargo period for public access to research articles, the memorandum also significantly strengthens the data sharing plans of its 2013 predecessor by requiring that data underlying peer-reviewed research articles be made immediately available upon publication. 

The updated policy sets high expectations for federal agencies to improve research integrity and reproducibility by:

  1. requiring immediate, open deposit of data underlying scholarly research,
  2. instructing agencies to develop plans for open deposit of data not associated with a publication,
  3. encouraging the use of repositories that align with the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) “Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research”, and
  4. calling for these open outputs to be described with robust metadata, including author and co-author information, publication date, and persistent identifiers.

The curation and publishing services Dryad offers to researchers already align with the key provisions outlined above.

  1. After undergoing our careful curation process, all data published with Dryad are made immediately available under a CC0 license.
  2. Dryad accepts data regardless of its connection to a published research article, and makes it easy to connect datasets with other research outputs, including articles, software, data management plans, and supplemental information using their persistent identifiers. 
  3. Dryad already aligns with the NSTC’s “Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research. ” Learn more about how in our recent blog post.
  4. Dryad supports the DataCite metadata schema and uses persistent identifier registries including the Research Organization Registry (ROR), ORCID, and Crossref’s Funder Registry to link datasets with their producers and funders.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with the research community to support compliance with the new policy and build a more open, transparent, and equitable future for taxpayer-funded research. 

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Upcoming event: How to align with new US data access policies

A Dryad Open House

Please join us Wednesday, November 30 to explore how Dryad can help researchers, institutions and publishing organizations meet the requirements of new policies for open access to research data. 

The White House is the latest to recommend open access to the data underpinning federally funded research, with the release of a recent memo from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The recommendations for public access to research and data have long been in the works, and strongly align with the policy for data management and sharing announced earlier by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH policy takes effect in January 2023, while the US agencies affected by the OSTP recommendations have a few more years. 

Simply posting data to the Internet isn’t enough to meet emerging standards. 

The 2021 “Guide to Accelerate Public Access to Research Data”, from the Association of American Universities and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, says: 

“Federal agencies now see transparent sharing of well-documented data as central to addressing issues of research integrity. Transparency enables others to understand the context (goals), process (methods), and products (article, data, code, etc.), and to evaluate the quality, relevance, and limitations of research for the specific question being investigated.”

The NIH final policy (NOT-OD-21-013) emphasizes that “Data should be of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings”.

Dryad’s data curation and publishing process, online since 2008 and continuously improved since, can help researchers, institutions and publishing organizations satisfy new requirements readily and easily. Please join us to learn how. 

Our next Open House is on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Register here to join at 6:00 AM PST / 9:00 AM EST / 2:00 PM GMT / 7:30 PM IST 

Register here to join at 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM GMT / 11:30 PM IST 

For additional times, please see https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map 

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U.S. Policy: Dryad’s role in the NIH’s new Policy for Data Management and Sharing

Building on its longstanding commitment to data sharing, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has introduced an updated Policy for Data Management and Sharing, with the goal of expediting “the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health” and enhancing public trust in publicly funded research. As the world’s largest public funder of biomedical research, NIH policies have an outsize impact on research practices.

Following the policy, from January 25, 2023, all projects seeking NIH-funding will be required to submit a data management and sharing plan at the application stage and to follow it over the course of the project lifecycle. The policy sets a clear expectation for researchers “to maximize the appropriate sharing of scientific data.” Let’s unpack a few features of “appropriate” data sharing according to the policy, and take a look at how Dryad helps researchers readily comply with the requirements. 

  1. Use of established repositories. The policy “strongly encourages the use of established repositories,” for data sharing. Data hosted on personal or institutional devices or cloud storage accounts is vulnerable to loss or alteration, and may lack the metadata and contextual material needed for its interpretation and reuse.

    Dryad has over a decade of experience providing high-quality data publishing, curation, and preservation. All data published with Dryad is open by default, preserved in the CoreTrustSeal-certified Merritt repository, and curated by our expert team to ensure it has appropriate metadata and context for discovery and reuse. As an independent and multidisciplinary repository, Dryad welcomes all researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation, research area, or funding source.

  2. Timely publication. The policy asks researchers to make data accessible “as soon as possible, and no later than the time of an associated publication, or the end of performance period” and for the length of time they anticipate it being useful for the larger research community and/or the broader public.

    Dryad’s team of expert curators works to minimize the delay from submission to publication and can work with authors to time data to go live at the same time as an associated publication. All data published with Dryad are retained indefinitely, mirrored in multiple locations, and routinely curated to ensure bit-level integrity over time. 

  3. Data quality assurance. Data sharing is more than a box to check–it’s a practice intended to enable and promote reuse by other researchers. The policy therefore asserts that, to be compliant, “data should be of sufficient quality to validate and replicate research findings.”

    Dryad’s hands-on curation process ensures that data published with us meet this standard. Our team of expert curators reviews each submission with an eye towards metadata quality, usability of files and code, and identification of any sensitive data. Where needed, they correspond with authors to resolve issues and enhance metadata quality. Dryad provides DOIs; permits dataset versioning; and links the dataset with associated research outputs and any software or code needed for replication. Each of these features contributes to a high-quality data publication that is meant to be shared, reused, and built upon.

Dryad’s focus is always on how to make high-quality data publishing as easy as possible for the researcher. By building best practices into our infrastructure and workflows, we ensure that researchers, and the institutions that support them, can trust us to steward their data in compliance with current and future funder policies. 

Dryad is grateful to have had the opportunity to offer feedback into the design of this policy and to be helping other generalist repositories to establish common approaches to support NIH-funded researchers as part of the NIH Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI). Learn more.

Job opening: Full-time data curator (Remote, USA)

Dryad is now recruiting for a Data Curator to help drive and maintain the highest standards for research data curation quality and efficiency. Our future Data Curator will perform data curation tasks, and assist with process improvements, policy implementation, recruitment, and training. 

Qualifications

To thrive, grow and be successful in this role, the candidate should have at least one higher education qualification in biology (preferred) or related research experience and possess the following:

  • Experience working with data in either a research or curation capacity (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Skilled with multiple types of research management and analysis software, both open source and proprietary (such as TextEditor, QGIS, Octave, ImageJ, RStudio)
  • Excellent skills in time-management, organization, collaboration, and communication – verbal and written

Responsibilities

  • Curate and publish research data: evaluate metadata to comply with Dryad’s guidelines for publication, working in collaboration with authors to make data openly available to access and reuse
  • Maintain high standards for curation service delivery, including responsiveness, speed, quality and integrity
  • Maintain relationships with editors, ensuring clear, open and consistent communication about ongoing curation and publication as well as Dryad policies and service
  • Assist with creating and maintaining Dryad documentation
  • Participate in team recruitment and training efforts:
  • Identify opportunities for process optimization and assist with implementation

Important Characteristics

  • Customer service-oriented 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Able to work individually and within a team
  • Proactive and committed to continuous improvement
  • Passionate about open science and Dryad’s mission

Helpful but Not Required

  • Familiarity with citation styles and formats, DOIs and other identifiers, indexing services and databases, and citation management software
  • Exposure to metadata standards (XML, etc.)
  • Experience in programming (R/python) and data analysis

Compensation and Benefits

This is a fully remote, full-time hourly position based in the United States. We offer benefits and competitive compensation of $18-23/hour, depending on experience. 

US candidates must be based in any of the following states: 

California, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia,  and Washington.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Dryad is dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by US federal, state, or local law. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter expressing why the Data Curator role at Dryad would be a good fit for you – to jobs@datadryad.org. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Informal inquiries are very welcome, to our Head of Publishing Services, Jess Herzog via jherzog@datadryad.org. The position is open now and applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the role is filled. Informal inquiries are very welcome. 

20 September 2022