Using SEAD to Support Collaboration

Using SEAD (Sustainable Environment-- Actionable Data) to Support Collaboration Among Land Managers, Scientists, and the Community (BEG)
Dharma Akmon, University of Michigan

Land management efforts require an enhanced ability to manage, integrate, interpret and share data across people and projects. Unfortunately, many existing data services need significant ongoing local IT support, lack the flexibility required for data reuse across projects and do not fit the needs of those working in land management. SEAD (Sustainable Environment--Actionable Data), a National Science Foundation DataNet project, offers data services that are both powerful and easy to use. In this presentation, I will describe and show how SEAD makes collaboration easier, facilitates data reuse, streamlines activities that make it possible to share data with the community and enhances land managers' ability to collaborate with others.

Dharma Akmon, University of Michigan
Dharma Akmon is manager of education and outreach for the SEAD (Sustainable Environment--Actionable Data) project at the University of Michigan. SEAD is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation to build data infrastructure, tools and services that support scientists in managing, sharing and archiving research data. She earned her PhD in 2014 from the University of Michigan where she studied the data practices of ecological field scientists. She has presented in the U.S. and internationally on data sharing, management and reuse. In her current role on SEAD she works with scientists to understand their data management and preservation needs, translating those needs into further development of SEAD.