Akmon to talk in Vietnam on use of SEAD tools to manage research

Dharma Akmon

Dharma Akmon, manager of education and outreach for the Sustainable Environment Actionable Data (SEAD) project, has been invited to give a plenary talk at the Science for a Sustainable Mekong River System workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 17.

The program is organized by the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of the Interior, International Crane Foundation, and the Wetland University Network.

The primary goal of the workshop is to assess scientific information that can be used by government officials and others to validate, identify, and prioritize needed scientific studies in the Mekong River Basin, with a focus on how to sustain water resources and dependent ecosystems. 

Workshop organizers identified the SEAD program as having significant potential to facilitate data management and data sharing in the Mekong region. The SEAD team, led by Principal Investigator and UMSI Professor Margaret Hedstrom, has worked closely with sustainability scientists to develop a cyberinfrastructure that will allow them to manage and share their data and connect to other researchers.

SEAD researchers are developing tools that will enable sophisticated management of data in sustainability science research while lowering the cost and effort required to curate and preserve data for community use.

In her presentation, "Improving Data Management Capacity in the Mekong Basin," Akmon will describe how SEAD tools can make collaboration easier, enable data reuse, streamline data sharing and archiving activities, and enhance scientists' ability to connect with other researchers. She will also explain how those working on sustainability issues in the Mekong Basin can start taking advantage of SEAD's data services and help shape and improve its offerings.

The SEAD project began in 2011 with support from an $8 million National Science Foundation grant. The team from UMSI is leading the project, with partners from the University of Illinois and Indiana University.

The Greater Mekong region spans six countries and 200 million acres, including some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world. The Mekong River is home to the world's largest inland fishery and is second only to the Amazon River in terms of fish biodiversity. With hydropower development, climate change, illegal wildlife trade, and habitat loss threatening the Mekong River ecosystem, conservation work in this region is especially urgent and significant.

Learn more about SEAD and find more information about the Science for a Sustainable Mekong River System workshop.

Posted September 4, 2014