Data is meaningless without metadata! Metadata are critical not only for the secondary use of data but also for data producers to understand and access data over time.
SEAD Project Spaces promote the practice of incrementally adding data and metadata as data are collected and analyzed, and using the metadata to help organize and filter data. Active curation capabilities in SEAD greatly reduce the effort required of researchers to publish data later. Furthermore, the published data products are more valuable and of higher quality!