Samuel Kelso of PIE-LTER swaps out a data logger.
Credit: E Zambello/LTER-NCO CC BY 4.0

The role of an information manager at an LTER site can vary immensely depending on how large and well-resourced the site is and how the site is situated within the larger organization. In rare cases, an LTER information manager may be responsible only for data documentation and curation. More often, the information manager is also responsible for maintaining websites and image archives, creating systems for deploying sensors and maintaining geographic information, coding repetitive analyses, and training graduate students and other researchers on best practices. The LTER Information Management Manual documents the current practices and expectations for LTER information managers.

The LTER Network maintains a GitHub organization for sharing resources that are relevant to LTER data management. Many aspects of these resources are relevant to labs and individuals working to improve their data management practices. Visit LTER GitHub.

The Environmental Data Initiative also maintains a set of broadly useful resources for environmental data management, as does the NCEAS Learning Hub.

Active documents and meeting notes that are relevant mainly to LTER Information Managers are maintained on a shared google drive. If you are an LTER information manager and do not have access to the google drive, please contact the LTER Network Office to obtain access.

Formally-approved policies and guidelines are also published to the LTER document archive, where users can find a record of policy revisions.

See the LTER Network Calendar for meeting times and connection information of the LTER Information Management Committee.

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