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.

The LTER Network makes data and information derived from publicly funded research available online with as few restrictions as possible. LTER scientists make every effort to release data in a timely fashion and with attention to accurate and complete metadata.

Searches for data to support scientific inquiries should begin with the LTER Data Portal, shown on the Data tab. We strongly encourage you to acknowledge your use of LTER data by citing the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) associated with each data package in the Data Portal. If a DOI is not available for a data package, please use the information provided in the metadata to cite data. Please contact the investigator, as a courtesy, prior to use of data in formal publications and acknowledge funding sources if the information is provided in the metadata.

Additional metadata and data are available through the LTER Data Catalog, shown as Metacat under the Data tab. Most metadata records found in the Data Catalog 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.
Each LTER site has a local data repository that includes both LTER and non-LTER data. 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 specific data. Contact information is available at: http://www.lternet.edu/site-contacts.
The current LTER Data Access Policy is available at:
http://intranet2.lternet.edu/sites/intranet2.lternet.edu/files/documents...

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