Featured in this issue: Following years of efforts in developing a Network Information System (NIS), LTER information managers report on two of its completed components: CLIMDB/HYDRODB and Network All-Site Bibliography. More recently, the LTER sites started the process of exporting their metadata databases into Ecological Metadata Language (EML), a metadata specification developed by the ecology discipline and for the ecology discipline (http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/eml/). This task has proven itself to be a complex enterprise, whose ramifications cover a wide variety of data management activities and issues. documents with the LNO/KNB Metacat server and EcoGrid networks is presented.