About SEAD

SEAD offers data tools that allow researchers to more easily manage, interpret, share, and publish scientific data to institutional partner repositories. SEAD services are designed to support researchers’ data needs throughout the entire data lifecycle: from data collection to publication.

SEAD services are provided as a resource through the National Data Service Consortium (NDS). These services include:

Project Spaces -

  • Secure, team-controlled workspaces where scientists can collaboratively upload, organize, preview (including viewing geospatial data on a map), tag, and describe their team’s research data with formal and custom metadata fields. SEAD Project Spaces are available via SEAD’s website, and research teams are welcome to create new Project Spaces for their project’s data.

Publication Services -

  • A Staging Area, which is available in SEAD Project Spaces, for preparing and submitting datasets for publication in a repository for long-term preservation and discovery;

  • A Matchmaker service for assistance with the selection of most appropriate repositories for your data.
    See more on Publishing Data in SEAD


SEAD’s Open Source Code

Download SEAD

SEAD’s open source underlying technologies undergo continuous development and enhancement. The most recent, fully-documented package of SEAD’s open source code is available for download and can be installed as an extensible toolkit or a hosted service. Interested institutions are welcome to further build upon and enhance SEAD’s code to meet specific needs of their institutional repositories and research communities.


Project’s Milestones

  • Led by PI Margaret Hedstrom and co-PIs Praveen Kumar, James Myers, and Beth Plale, the SEAD (Sustainable Environment/Actionable Data) Project was launched in 2011 through a 5-year U.S. National Science Foundation DataNet award to create data services that meet the data management and publication needs of sustainability science researchers working in the long tail. The award was given to the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University.

  • SEAD began public rollout of tools and services in November 2013. Since then, SEAD 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.

  • SEAD 1.5 was released in April 2015 and 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 could link to their data and include in the published data record.

  • In July 2016, SEAD released SEAD 2.0 which included 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.

  • Between 2011 and 2017, SEAD worked with dozens of researchers, supported over 30 Project Spaces with hundreds of thousands of files, and helped publish over 40 datasets totaling more than 2 TB to SEAD Partner Repositories.