March 8, 2023

UW Libraries Joins Dryad

UW Libraries is pleased to announce its official membership with the generalist data repository Dryad, an open data publishing platform and development community. The Dryad Data Platform is a curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types and now counts over 75 institutions and publishers in its membership.  See the Dryad research guide for more information on how UW researchers can get started with the service.

Dryad is the first open data publishing platform available to UW users. It will serve as a companion to UW Libraries ResearchWorks, which is best for texts and some small data sets. As a generalist repository, Dryad accepts data regardless of data type, format, content, or disciplinary focus.

The UW Libraries implementation of Dryad aligns with the increasing advocacy of public research universities to provide for the open sharing of research data and outputs. This announcement also comes on the heels of the National Institutes of Health’s new data management and sharing policy that went into effect January 23rd.  Dryad is one of the Generalist Repositories recommended by the National Institutes of Health.

Because UW Libraries is covering the full cost membership, UW users will not have to pay a fee to deposit data in Dryad.

For more information visit Dryad research guide or contact Jenny Muilenburg, Research Data Services Librarian.