News of Elinor Ostrom’s death: We are saddened to report that Elinor Ostrom, SEAD collaborator and 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Science, died on June 12, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Ostrom, who was a faculty member at Indiana University for more than 40 years, was known internationally for her groundbreaking work on the ways that people organize themselves to manage resources. Most of this research was conducted in collaboration with scholars across disciplines and around the world. Professor Ostrom supported and participated in SEAD because she believed that addressing issues such as declining ocean fisheries and global climate change required a collaborative approach and access to data. Professor Ostrom stated: “We need to have a very data intensive dialogue if we’re going to have policy that will make a difference in the long run.”
SEAD and Data Conservancy Announce Collaboration: Data Conservancy and SEAD, an NSF DataNet-funded cyberinfrastructure development project led by the University of Michigan, have announced a collaboration that will enable the SEAD project to use Data Conservancy code modules for use in the SEAD system. This partnership will help to foster the development of enhancements to the current Data Conservancy code structure with the prospect of creating a more robust, sustainable data archive, particularly as it relates to connections with institutional repositories. In describing the benefits of this collaboration, SEAD co-PI Beth Plale stated, "The data models from Data Conservancy have been tested with several user communities. While our effort will be to extend this to our community, the path to acceptance will be shorter because we are using data models that have been community vetted."