Dryad Repository

The Dryad Digital Repository 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.

In 2021, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne joined Dryad, a non-profit, shared community working together to promote data publishing, curation, and preservation. This means as an Illinois affiliate, you can log in to deposit your data in Dryad. You will need your personal ORCID for login. To learn more about ORCID, and create/connect an ORCID, please visit this guide: https://guides.library.illinois.edu/orcid.

What different between the Illinois Data Bank and Dryad?

The Illinois Data Bank and Dryad are complementary resources.

  • Dryad is especially useful when it’s integrated into a journal’s publishing platform (see here for a list of journals). There is a limit in size and all data in Dryad must be released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) waiver.
  • The Illinois Data Bank has more flexibility with licensing (e.g. allows non CC0 licenses,), is better suited for large data deposits, is integrated with Illinois Experts so datasets appear in researcher profiles automatically, and our curators are on site to work with you as much or as little as you need at any time during your research project.