New additions to the Dryad community

The Dryad community is expanding and diversifying! We’re excited to announce both the addition of a new institutional member and the results of our recent Board of Directors election.

New international institutional member

KAUST (The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) has officially joined Dryad, thus furthering their aspirations to “be a destination for scientific and technological education and research.”KAUST logoWe hope KAUST will be the first of many global research institutions to join under our newly-launched institutional membership model.

To find out more and join yourself, go to datadryad.org/join.

Newly-elected Board members

Dryad Board of Directors elections are held annually, in conjunction with our member meeting. BOD members are elected or re-elected each year by the membership to serve 3-year terms. Our 12-member Board is meant to represent the various stakeholders in the Dryad community — publishers, researchers, technologists, funders, libraries and others.

Two of our current BOD members were eligible to run for a second term, and were re-elected to the Class of 2022. We’re thrilled to have Jennifer Lin and Johan Nilsson continue in their roles.

Meanwhile, please join us in welcoming two brand-new members to the Board:

Catriona MacCallum

Catriona MacCallum

Catriona MacCallum 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 Royal Society Board (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.

Naomi Penfold

Naomi Penfold. Photo credit: Orquidea Real Photobook – Julieta Sarmiento Photography

As Associate Director of ASAPbio, a non-profit organization promoting transparency and innovation in life sciences communication, Naomi Penfold is leading activities to engage the research community to promote the productive use of preprints in biology. She navigates the relationships between publishers, funders, researchers and consumers of science in order to drive innovation in the communication of life sciences research. Naomi is a CEFP2019 fellow with the AAAS’s Community Engagement Fellowship Programme, run by Lou Woodley and colleagues at the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. She learns and contributes to open science advocacy and innovation as an OpenCon alumnus, Mozilla Science community contributor and through advisory and organising roles with multiple open science projects (OpenAsInBook club; PREreview) and events (ResearchObject 2018 workshop; Open Access week 2018; OpenCon 2017). Prior to joining ASAPbio, Naomi worked as Innovation Officer (2016-2018) and Events Coordinator (2016) with eLife, and was a Wellcome Trust science policy intern with the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK. Naomi graduated with a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2017.
Further information: https://asapbio.org/dt_team/naomi-penfold

Catriona and Naomi will assume their duties starting at the next BOD meeting in August.

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Lastly, a note of enormous gratitude to outgoing BOD member Alf Eaton, and also to Charles Fox, a long-serving Dryad Director and our outgoing Chair. We couldn’t have done it without you!

A New Day for Dryad

dryadlogo_treeThere so much is new activity at Dryad! As we prepare to relaunch our platform later this summer, we’ve been hard at work on:

  1. Rolling out a new Institutional Membership plan with enhanced benefits
  2. Planning for an upcoming webinar
  3. Redesigning our logo!

A New Way to Partner with us: Institutional Memberships

Over the past few months you may have heard of or been involved in conversations about Dryad launching a new Institutional Membership – the ‘rumors’ are true and we are pleased to be rolling out this new program to institutions globally! During our first week, California State University – East Bay and Montana State University have officially joined the Dryad community! We are very excited to have these two institutions as members. And they’re excited to join as well:

“Dryad provides Cal State East Bay faculty and students with a tool that will not only preserve their research data but also make it available to the public at large. Because equity and access are core values of our university, we are excited to be one of the early adopters.”

— Jeffra Diane Bussmann, MLIS Associate Librarian

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Our plan is to build a member-owned community of organizations who support data publishing, curation, and preservation on behalf of researchers. We need to band together to make this happen. We know that researchers depend on Dryad; even as more institutions build and promote local data repositories, the number of submissions to Dryad continues to grow year on year. Our goal is to make the Dryad community compatible with the efforts of all institutions, regardless of local data repository infrastructure.

(Our new Institutional Membership is the first step in this direction; towards the end of the year we will be launching a new Publisher Membership with enhanced integrations and customized reporting, but more on that in a few months).

For now, we are rolling out the Institutional Membership program.  We encourage all research institutions to join now as we prepare to re-launch the Dryad platform. The ‘new’ Dryad will offer features for institutional members including campus single sign-on, bespoke reporting, local curation capabilities, and campus co-branding.

Our new model allows for flexibility in how we partner with research organizations.Through our curation, reporting, and integration systems, Dryad can either serve as your primary repository or supplement the services you currently offer.

Forthcoming Webinar

If you’d like to hear more about how your institution can be part of the Dryad community, please join our Institutional Member Webinar on March 27th!

At this webinar Dryad will be joined by our colleagues John Chodacki and Daniella Lowenberg from the California Digital Library (CDL) to discuss the MANY reasons to join the Dryad community as we showcase some of the new functionality and outline the benefits a Membership brings your institution.

Of course, one of the key questions everyone will want to know is – what will this cost? Dryad has crafted a tiered pricing structure based on an institution’s ability to pay. We don’t want any potential member to not be able to join because of the annual fee, so hopefully our plans will work for any potential institution (and if not, I would be happy to discuss directly with you).

Our New Look

As a capstone to these major changes, you may have noticed we have refreshed the Dryad logo! We think this new bright image conveys the spirit of connectivity that Dryad represents across our community. It also retains a thematic connection to our original design. After all, Dryad is still true to our roots (no logo-based pun intended); it is important to us that we never lose sight of Dryad’s core mission to support infrastructure that openly and freely shares and preserves research data for the long term.

If you’d like to JOIN TODAY or receive additional information regarding Dryad, please contact me at director@datadryad.org.

See you at the Institutional Member Webinar on March 27th.