OAKLAND/May 30, 2018 - University of California's California Digital Library (CDL) and Dryad Digital Repository are formally partnering to address researcher needs and lead an open, community-supported initiative in research data curation and publishing. This partnership is aimed at driving adoption of curated, accessible data publishing in the research community and will leverage the capabilities of both institutions and publishers to better align data publishing within researcher workflows.
Todd Vision, a founder of Dryad, "This is an exciting development in the world of open scholarly infrastructure. Dryad and CDL have a shared commitment to inventing the future when it comes to the stewardship of research data."
This alliance pairs the strengths and assets of each organization together to form this unique partnership: CDL's knowledge of institutional needs and technical capabilities with Dryad's strong relationships with publishers and well-established name within the research community. They will jointly work to develop the technical advancements needed to make data sharing, curation, discovery, and reuse a standard part of research practice across disciplines.
Dr. Theodora Bloom, Executive Editor of The BMJ and former member of the Dryad board notes: "The partnership between CDL and Dryad brings together two important innovators in the handling of research data. By connecting publishers, institutions, data repositories and researchers, CDL and Dryad will be well placed to drive the wide adoption of the data management practices that institutions and funders want to see."
In the coming months, CDL and Dryad will convene institutions to gather input on institutional infrastructure needs for data publishing. They will also modernize the process of information exchange between the data publishing and journal publishing with enhanced publisher integrations. These developments mark the beginning of an extensive effort to better serve researcher needs.
Günter Waibel, CDL's Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director adds: "Our goal is also to really shake up the data publishing space by offering a community-run open scholarly infrastructure."
About University of California's California Digital Library
California Digital Library provides transformative digital library services, grounded in campus partnerships and extended through external collaborations, that amplify the impact of the libraries, scholarship, and resources of the University of California.
About Dryad Digital Repository
The Dryad Digital Repository is a general-purpose, curated data repository resource that makes the data underlying scientific and medical publications discoverable, freely reusable, citable, and integrated with the scholarly literature.