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Dryad - Data Repository

A guide to using Dryad, a generalist data repository, to share and preserve your research data. Temple Libraries is an institutional member of Dryad.

What is Dryad?

Dryad logoTemple University Libraries is an Institutional Member of Dryad, a data repository that seeks to make research data discoverable, reusable, and accessible. Dryad is a generalist data repository, meaning it accepts data from all disciplines. With our membership, Temple researchers can deposit their research in Dryad at no cost. 

Dryad is integrated with Zenodo, a generalist repository hosted at CERN, and any software and code deposited with your data will be stored in Zenodo. This makes it easy to share your data and link it with the materials necessary to reuse and build on your work.

Dryad is our recommended repository for large datasets that can be shared openly and freely: Deposits can be up to 300 Gb (and larger in select cases) and cannot contain any private or sensitive data or personal health information.

Why Deposit Data in Dryad?

Sharing your research data is required by many funders and journals, and the best place to share your data is in repository that meets the FAIR guidelines. Dryad meets those guidelines, offers curation of your data, and is free to Temple depositors because of our institutional membership.

Depositing data in Dryad gives the following benefits: a persistent identifier (DOI) to find your dataset, curation to meet FAIR guidelines, associated code and software deposited in Zenodo, track usage of your dataset, broad file type support, embargo your deposit during the peer review process, and deposit datasets up to 300 Gb (contact for larger deposits)

Dryad limitations: all data must have the CC0 license, and no personal, private, or sensitive data can be deposited.

Dryad Policies and Information


Dryad is built on the University of California Curation Center’s Merritt system, which includes preservation infrastructure that follows community best practices. Items are retained indefinitely; data files are replicated with multiple copies in multiple geographic locations and metadata are backed up on a nightly basis; all data files are stored along with a SHA-256 checksum of the file content and regular checks of files against their checksums are made; in case of closure of the repository, reasonable efforts will be made to integrate all content into suitable alternative institutional and/or subject based repositories

Preservation Policies

Publication Process

Good Data Practices

Get help with Dryad

For help with the deposit process, contact

For information about Dryad, deposit questions, and data management best practices contact Temple Libraries institutional contact person for Dryad, Will Dean at

Dryad Requirements

Preservation Policies

Publication Process

Good Data Practices