About SEAD

SEAD offers data management and publication services to researchers who need to manage, integrate, interpret, share, and preserve data. SEAD’s web-based data services are powerful, user-friendly, and tailored to the requirements of smaller projects.

What is Unique about SEAD?

All too often, data publication is not a consideration until you are ready to publish your work; and activities that will enhance data reuse, such as adding metadata, occur only after research work is completed. Furthermore, the expectation to fill out lengthy forms, reenter information you’ve recorded before, and re-upload all of the data creates unnecessary obstacles to data publishing.

SEAD has revolutionized the approach to managing and publishing data. SEAD’s secure, access-controlled Project Spaces promote the practice of incrementally adding data and metadata as the data are generated and analyzed, and using the metadata to help organize and filter data to accelerate the research being performed. At any point, you can decide which part of your data you’d like to publish and, with just the push of a button, you can set your data on the path to publication. SEAD’s streamlined publication process includes automated data and metadata review and submission to one of the SEAD partner repositories where your data would be preserved and made available to others. SEAD allows you to leverage the annotation and dataset organization you created in your Project Space and saves you the work of describing and organizing your data twice: once for you and your team; and then again when you publish the data!

Project Summary

The SEAD project was launched in 2011 through a 5-year National Science Foundation DataNet award to create data services that meet the needs of sustainability science research. The award was given to the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University. Led by PI Margaret Hedstrom and co-PIs Praveen Kumar, James Myers, and Beth Plale, SEAD began public rollout of tools and services in November 2013. Since then, SEAD has continuously worked to enhance its services, including adding rich support for a growing number of data types, expanding its network of affiliated long-term repositories, and developing sustainable partnerships to maintain community access to valuable research data for decades to come.

In April 2015, SEAD released version 1.5 of its services, which addressed a broad range of feature and usability improvements requested by SEAD's users. In early 2016, SEAD retired its VIVO-powered Research Network and integrated ORCID identifiers that researchers can link to their data and include in the published data record.

In July 2016, SEAD released SEAD 2.0 - the next generation of end-to-end data services for managing, sharing, curating, and publishing data. This includes a number of exciting new features including a clean and responsive interface, self-service Project Space creation, and a streamlined publishing service where researchers can prepare their datasets for publication, identify an appropriate repository for their data, and track the status of their publication requests.