Webinar - "The Dryad Repository: A New Path for Data Publication in Scholarly Communication" presented by Jane Greenberg and Todd Vision

April 25, 2011 9:00 am to 10:30 am
OCLC in Dublin, Ohio or via WebEx

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The Dryad Repository: A New Path for Data Publication in Scholarly Communication

Jane Greenberg
Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Founder and Director of the SILS Metadata Research Center

Todd J. Vision
Associate Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Associate Director for Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

Monday, 25 April 2011

8:30-9:00 a.m. EDT (UTC 12:30:00-13:00)
Coffee and Pastry Reception

9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT (UTC 13:00-14:30)
Presentation and Discussion

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Kilgour Building Auditorium
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

Overview of presentation

Dryad is an international repository for data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Many datasets collected by academic researchers are not shared with the wider community even after findings based upon them are reported in the literature. Dryad is addressing this shortcoming via a consortium of biology journals, and a model linking the publication of data with the publication of associated scholarly articles. Dryad enables scientists to validate published findings, explore new analysis methodologies, repurpose data for research questions unanticipated by the original authors, and perform synthetic studies. A chief aim is to balance a need for low barriers inviting contribution from scientists and higher-level goals supporting data synthesis. Repository development is ongoing, and coincides with daily curatorial activities and a metadata-intensive research agenda.

This two-part presentation will give an overview of the Dryad repository and cover several research activities. Part one will introduce Dryad and discuss components of the repository's model. Attention will be given to the establishment of a permanent, reciprocal, navigable link between the journal article and the data, and handshaking with more specialized disciplinary databases. Part two will present the metadata curation workflow. This segment will also highlight several metadata research activities, including the HIVE (Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering) initiative, a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that supports dynamic integration of vocabularies during metadata generation.

About the presenters

Jane Greenberg is a professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is founder and director of the SILS Metadata Research Center. Her research and teaching focus in the areas of metadata, knowledge organization, and the Semantic Web. She is the principal investigator of the HIVE project, and a co-principal investigator on the Dryad project. She was the 2008 recipient of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, and the 2010 recipient of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research.

Todd J. Vision is an associate professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Associate Director for Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. His biological interests include the evolution of genomes and the use of computational methods for reasoning over heterogeneous and qualitative biological data. He is the director of the Dryad digital data repository and is on the leadership team of DataONE, a collaboration among many partner organizations with a focus on the environmental sciences that is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). His recent research in the field of data science is aimed at informing science policy and publication practice, in particular how to address the socio-technical barriers to the reuse of data derived from “small science” research, and how to enable machine reasoning over qualitative biological data.

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More information

Jane Greenberg

Todd J. Vision

Dryad repository

Dryad development wiki

HIVE project wiki