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


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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.

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