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DRYAD - Data sharing best practices for researchers and institutions working with AfricArXiv

This session is part of the AfricArXiv Webinar Series on Open Science for the Discoverability of African Research.

Published onMar 16, 2024
DRYAD - Data sharing best practices for researchers and institutions working with AfricArXiv

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Data sharing best practices for researchers and institutions.

Speaker profile

Maria Guerreiro is the Head of Partnership Development at Dryad.
Maria is an open science enthusiast who enjoys working collaboratively with researchers and other stakeholders in scholarly communication to drive positive change. She is Head of Partnership Development at Dryad, where she leads the partnership recruitment programme with publishers, scholarly societies and research institutions. Prior to Dryad, Maria spent a decade in journal publishing, primarily at eLife, where she was Head of Journal Development and worked directly with scientists, research organizations and funding agencies in the biomedical and life sciences in initiatives to drive growth, foster community engagement and promote best practices in peer review and scientific publishing.

Speaker profile

Sarah Lippincott is a librarian and library consultant with a decade of experience supporting open access, digital scholarship, and scholarly communications through strategic planning, research, service design, facilitation, and communications work.

As Head of Community Engagement at Dryad, Sarah works with institutions, funders, and researchers to increase awareness of and engagement with data sharing and data reuse. She received her MLS from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and prior to joining Dryad, she worked in a variety of roles within and adjacent to libraries.

Sarah started her career as the founding Program Director for the Library Publishing Coalition and went on to coordinate assessment, user experience, and strategic planning activities for a major research library; led strategic consulting services for a digital services agency specializing in open source web development for the cultural heritage sector; and consulted on projects for the Educopia Institute, the Next Generation Library Publishing project (NGLP), the Library Publishing Coalition, Candid, the Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Project, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Questions that would be asked during the session

1. How does Dryad ensure that the data shared through its platform meets the standards for research and educational reuse, both now and in the future?

2. Can you provide examples of how Dryad has facilitated successful collaborations between researchers and institutions through data sharing?

3. In your experience, what are some common challenges that researchers and institutions face when sharing data, and how does Dryad support them in overcoming these challenges?

4. What steps does Dryad take to promote the long-term sustainability and accessibility of the data shared through its platform, particularly in the rapidly evolving landscape of research and technology?

  1. On the issue of reusability, are there ways you are using to monitor if other researchers are using the data sets besides downloads and views?

  2. Kindly explain more on ROR and the possible funders

DRYAD supporting African research

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About the webinar series

This webinar was co-organized by UbuntuNet Alliance and Access 2 Perspectives as part of the ORCID Global Participation Program.

ORCID is the persistent identifier for researchers to share their accomplishments (research articles, data, etc with funding agencies, publishers, data repositories, and other research workflows.

AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. By enhancing the visibility of African research, we enable discoverability and collaboration opportunities for African scientists on the continent as well as globally.

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