Using LTER Data

Co-PI Kathy Barbeau (on left) and programmer/analyst Lynn Yarmey are at the SIO Ocean Informatics design table, where dialogue occurs about data, data organization, and information system design. 6/16/2008. (Photo by Karen Baker.) CCE LTER.
Co-PI Kathy Barbeau (on left) and programmer/analyst Lynn Yarmey are at the SIO Ocean Informatics design table, where dialogue occurs about data, data organization, and information system design. 6/16/2008. (Photo by Karen Baker.) CCE LTER.

Data and information derived from publicly funded research in the U.S. LTER Network are made available online with as few restrictions as possible, on a nondiscriminatory basis. LTER Network scientists make every effort to release data in a timely fashion and with attention to accurate and complete metadata.

Funds for research are provided in part by the NSF, Institutional Cost-Sharing, Partner Agencies, or from institutions where formal memorandums of understanding have been established with the LTER.

Legitimate scientific inquiries should begin the search for relevant data with the LTER Data Portal: https://portal.lternet.edu. Most metadata records found there will contain links to data sets (indicated by orange dots) or links to site data portals (indicated by gray dots). Contact information is provided for each dataset in the metadata.

Data that are anticipated to exist but not found in the LTER Data Catalog may be found by searching the specific LTER site’s local data repository. The individual LTER Site websites can be found at http://www.lternet.edu/lter-sites.

Finally, the investigator or information manager of the specific LTER site may be contacted directly to determine the availability of the data. This information is available at: http://www.lternet.edu/site-contacts.

Data citation is requested and highly encouraged. Digital object identifier (DOI) information is the preferred method for citation. If DOI information is not available citation information is provided in the metadata for each dataset.

Please contact the investigator, as a courtesy, prior to use of data in formal publications.

The current LTER Data Access Policy is available at: http://intranet2.lternet.edu/sites/intranet2.lternet.edu/files/documents...

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