MSU Library joins new service to support researchers
Montana State University Library has joined a new service to support researchers in archiving and preserving research data.
As of fall 2019, the MSU Library is an institutional member of Dryad, a nonprofit, community-owned data repository hosted by the California Digital Library dedicated to supporting research data preservation and advancing the culture of open science. The MSU Library’s membership supports free data depositing for MSU researchers. Dryad provides curation services, long-term preservation and a permanent Digital Object Identifier to help the data be found, reused and cited.
“There is a trend in the scientific community to publish research data in addition to scholarly articles,” said MSU data librarian Sara Mannheimer. “Archiving research data in a repository like Dryad allows the data to be freely available online.”
Funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health require data management and data sharing plans as part of their grant proposals. The library’s data management resources website provides cut-and-paste language for Dryad. Researchers can add this language to data management and data sharing plans.
“Joining the Dryad community demonstrates MSU Library’s commitment to supporting researchers who develop scholarship that improves lives in Montana and beyond,” said Kenning Arlitsch, dean of the MSU Library.
Many MSU research datasets are already currently available in Dryad.
“When scholarship and research data are shared broadly, they have the power to accelerate scientific discovery and increase the impact of the work we do at MSU,” said Jason Carter, MSU vice president of research, economic development and graduate education.