SEAD Report published by MIT Press

Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: Enabling New Forms of Collaboration among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design 

Roger F. Malina, Carol Strohecker, and Carol LaFayette, on behalf of SEAD network contributors

The Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) has published a creative commons e-book to build community awareness of perceived challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of science, engineering, art, design and the humanities. The study takes note of the growing international interest and development of initiatives in universities, corporations and civil society. This synthesis report offers a set of "action clusters" common to texts from the international response by SEAD members.

The SEAD White Papers initiative was chaired by Roger Malina and co-chaired by Carol Strohecker, with the assistance of an international Steering Group and coordination by Carol LaFayette and Amy Ione, Managing Editor. The report contains images from SEAD collaborators and links to all White Papers contributions.

Funded under the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. 1142510. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.




SEAD network

The Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design (SEAD), an NSF supported organization, includes professionals and students in the physical, life, and social sciences; mathematics, engineering, and technology; the creative arts in all their forms; designers of all kinds; and researchers across the humanities. SEAD network is united by a vision of the importance and value of research and creative work spanning and joining the arts and sciences. The overarching theme becomes collaboration, as transdisciplinary interests and practices continue to grow and as public discourse increasingly acknowledges the complexity of today’s global issues and the need for multiple kinds of expertise in addressing them. 

Supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1142510. Above image: Maps of science resulting from large-scale clickstream data provide a detailed, contemporary view of scientific activity and correct the underrepresentation of the social sciences and humanities that is commonly found in citation data. © Johan Bollen. Used with permission. Originally published in Bollen J, Van de Sompel H, Hagberg A, Bettencourt L, Chute R, et al. (2009) Clickstream Data Yields High-Resolution Maps of Science. PLoS ONE 4(3):e4803. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004803