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Dryad Digital Repository

The Dryad Digital Repository is an open and curated data sharing platform for researchers to share and publish their data. The UC’s California Digital Library and Dryad co-develop this resource. Dryad is free for UCI affiliates. Each dataset goes through a curation process during submission to check for FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability).

Key features of Dryad include:

  • Publish dataset an independent dataset or as part of a journal submission
  • Link data with related articles, code, and other datasets
  • Permanent data citations with a DataCite DOI for attribution
  • Preservation in Core Trust Seal certified Merritt repository
  • Standardized views, downloads, and citation metrics in accordance with Make Data Count

Sharing your data in Dryad:

  • Research data from any discipline is accepted
  • Datasets must be complete (no in-progress data) and in a re-usable form
  • 300 GB max per data publication
  • All data published under CC0 license 



The DMPTool is a free resource that helps researchers create data management plans (DMP) necessary to meet institutional and funding agency requirements. It provides customized templates for creating DMPs that guide researchers in addressing data-related requirements. This tool also provides links to funding agencies, best practices documentation for creating DMPs, and samples of public DMPs shared by their authors.

This video provides quick overview of the features of the easy to use DMPTool.  You can also use this self-help guide or schedule a consultation with a UCI librarian for additional support. is an open access platform for the creation and sharing of detailed methods and protocols. Features of include:

  • Share methods before, during and after publication
  • Citable; add DOI to manuscripts 
  • Versioning: protocols can be kept up-to-date
  • Run protocols step-by-step in a browser or mobile
  • Open access platform
  • Forking, versioning, and commenting features
  • Archived in CLOCKSS

UC researchers currently have free access to Premium accounts during the pilot period (May 31, 2024). Premium features include private collaboration around method development and use in classrooms. In the long term, this initiative should also increase the reproducibility and rigor of the research published by UC academics. Use your UCI email when logging in to access these features.