Sara Mannheimer, Dryad Digital Repository curator, and SILS Doctoral Student Ayoung Yoon win Best Poster Prize at ASIS&T

November 6, 2013

Dryad LogoThe team of Sara Mannheimer, interim curator at the Dryad Digital Repository, and Ayoung Yoon, doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC at Chapel Hill who works on the Dryad Project in the SILS Metadata Research Center, received a "Best Poster Prize" at the 2013 ASIS&T meeting held in Montreal, Canada.

Their poster "Developing Preservation Policy for Dryad Digital Repository," was part of the SIG-DL Digital Liaisons Panel.

"A preservation policy is important to Dryad's mission of ensuring long-term access to its data in order to facilitate data availability, data sharing, and scholarly communication," Mannheimer said. "We are both interested in digital preservation, and we were tapped by Jane Greenberg to work on drafting the policy."

SILS Professor Dr. Jane Greenberg is director of the Metadata Research Center and co-Principal Investigator of the Dryad Digital Repository Project.

“Sara and Ayoung each bring important expertise to the Dryad initiative, and we are fortunate to have them helping to lead the preservation effort," said Greenberg. "The ASIST award is very exciting and recognizes the importance of their efforts.”

“We are also very pleased to have Dr. Cal Lee, Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor, as a member of Dryad’s preservation working group, which include national and international experts.”

Dryad preservation working group:

According to the Web site, "The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of datatypes. Dryad is governed by a nonprofit membership organization. Membership is open to any stakeholder organization, including but not limited to journals, scientific societies, publishers, research institutions, libraries, and funding organizations."

"We are proud that the work we've done has earned Dryad additional visibility," said Mannheimer. "Digital preservation is still an emerging field. We hope our policy will not only protect Dryad's scientific data over the long term, but also serve as a blueprint for other repositories facing similar challenges."