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 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.
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.
Sept 15, 2021 A global synthesis of multi-year drought effects on terrestrial ecosystems. Principal Investigators: Kate Wilkins, Colorado State University, Osvaldo Sala, Peter Wilfahrt, University of Bayreuth, Laureano Gherardi, Melinda Smith. https://lternet.edu/working-groups/global-drought-synthesis/
Nov 17, 2021 Ecological Metagenome-derived Reference Genomes and Traits (EMERGENT). Principal Investigators: Jeff Blanchard, UMass Amherst/HFR, Janet Jansson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Jorge Rodrigues, UC Davis, Lee Stanish, NEON, Margaret O’Brien, UC Santa Barbara, Jason McDermott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. https://lternet.edu/working-groups/emergent/
Mar 16, 2022 Biosphere special issue on climate and LTERs Presenters: Charley Driscoll and Julia Jones
April 20, 2022 Identifying environmental drivers of plant reproduction across LTER sites. Principal Investigators: Jalene La Montagne, DePaul University, Elizabeth Crone, Tufts University, Miranda Redmond, Colorado State University. https://lternet.edu/working-groups/plant-reproduction/
IM Executive Team Meeting September 15, 20211:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Information Management Committee Executive Team meets monthly and is responsible for tracking working group progress, liasing with the Environmental Data Initiative, the LTER Executive Board, the LTER Network Communications Office, and developing agendas for the IM Virtual watercoolers. Current membership of IM Exec Team is available on the committee webpage.