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Spring 2009 Information Management Committee Report

Spring 2009 Information Management Committee Report

June 15, 2009
EML Best Practices Document 2004

EML Best Practices Document from 2004 – the original document never archived has been slightly modified to fix hyperlinks and fix minor typographic errors.

April 22, 2009
2008 IM Committee Meeting Website Archive

PDF of the 2008 Information Managers Committee meeting website.

January 27, 2009
LTER DataBits Spring 2008

The theme of this issue is Updating Legacy Websites, and several feature articles describe recent upgrades to LTER web sites and supporting technology. Linda Powell describes a major redesign of the FCE web site, Wade Sheldon describes the development of a web-based document and imagery archive at GCE, Hung Nguyen and Corinna Gries describe a novel approach to enhancing the effectiveness of metadata keyword searching in the CAP data catalog, and James Connors and Mason Kortz describe Application Program Interfaces designed by PAL and CCE to support web development projects.

May 13, 2008
IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – August 2007

IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – August 2007

January 23, 2008
IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – September 2007

IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – September 2007

January 23, 2008
IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – October 2007

IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – October 2007

January 23, 2008
IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – December 2007

IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – December 2007

January 22, 2008
IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – November 2007

IMEXEC VTC Meeting Notes – November 2007

January 22, 2008
2007 IM Committee Meeting Website Archive

2007 IM Committee Meeting Website Archive

December 18, 2007
LTER DataBits Fall 2007

This issue features an article on career development in the field of Information Management by Karen Baker, a longtime LTER Information Manager who also conducts theoretical research in this field. We also hear critical opinions on the pros and cons and progress of networking in LTER, and learn of the status of a new and welcomed network project. The Editorial section has been renamed Commentary in order to capture the experience of community participants and to suggest that observations and opinions presented are open to dialogue.

September 10, 2007
Data Access Policy Implementation RFC

This RFC#3 from Network Information System Group at LNO regarding the implementation of the LTER Network data access policy. (2007)

May 11, 2007
LTER DataBits Spring 2007

Featured in this issue: Welcome to the Spring 2007 issue of Databits! Twenty-two authors or coauthors submitted articles for this issue, which is a testament to the committment of Information Managers to sharing information. The articles represent the diversity of interests within the LTER IM community and highlight a number of current topics. Most notably, there is a discussion about proposed changes in the organizational structure of the IM committee that would better integrate the GIS working group and the Technology Committee.

April 23, 2007
Fall 2006 Information Management Committee meeting report

Report of the annual LTER Information Managers Meeting on September 18-20, 2006 in Estes Park, Colorado.

January 20, 2007
LTER DataBits Fall 2006

Featured in this issue: This issue of Databits follows the September, 2006 LTER Information Managers’ Meeting in Estes Park, Colorado. The IM meeting was held in conjunction with the LTER All Scientists’ Meeting and included a number of Information Managers from around the world. In recent years, there has been an emphasis on establishing relationships among members of the International LTER community. This issue of Databits reflects this initiative with contributions from several ILTER participants.

September 23, 2006
Spring 2006 Information Management Committee Report

Summary of Information Managers Committee (IMC) activities since LTER CC meeting at VCR, September 2005. Prepared by IMExec 8 May 2006.

May 8, 2006
LTER DataBits Spring 2006

Featured in this issue: Welcome to a robust issue of the Spring 2006 DataBits’!!! We had many submittals this issue and the articles really show the diversity of this group. We hope you have as much fun reading this issue as we did putting it together. As many of the LTER sites have EML documents being generated, the focus of the IM community has shifted from generating EML to working with EML. There is a series of four articles in this issue of DataBits’ that explore multiple approaches with differing timeframes that IM’s are developing that will lead to better data discovery within EML.

April 23, 2006
Review Criteria for LTER Information Management Systems (Version 1.0)

Reference document for formal reviews of LTER sites. April 12, 2005. Created by LTER Information Managers Committee

January 17, 2006
LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision: Report and Recommendations

James Brunt, Peter McCartney, Stuart Gage, and Don Henshaw, October 2004, in a response to a request from the LTER Network Information System Advisory Committee; Text amended April 13, 2005 to reflect approval of recommendations by the LTER CC.

November 1, 2005
Summer 2005 Information Managers Meeting Report

The annual LTER Information Managers Meeting was held August 4-7, 2005 in Montreal, Canada and was attended by representatives from 25 of the 26 sites, members of the IT group from the LTER Network Office, and IT partners ( link to participant list). The agenda included updates on current projects (items 2-6 below), working group discussions (7-13), and election of new IMExec members (14), as well as a video conference with Henry Gholz and Liz Blood at NSF. Submitted by Wade Sheldon

October 26, 2005
LTER DataBits Fall 2005

Featured in this issue: After most of the LTER sites have produced their Ecological Metadata Language (EML) packages up to Level 3, the subject still occupies a main line in our agendas. Not only do we want to share our methods to achieve this task with other communities, but we want to study the lessons that have we learned in the process.

September 23, 2005
Fall 2005 Information Managers Committee Report

LTER Information Managers Report to the Coordinating Committee Prepared by IMExec 10 September 2005

September 12, 2005
LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision 3, Data Access Requirements, and General Data Use Agreement

PDF Version of LTER Network Data Access Policy Revision 3, Data Access Requirements, and General Data Use Agreement Revised by James Brunt, Peter McCartney, Stuart Gage, and Don Henshaw, October 2004, in response to a request from the LTER Network Information System Advisory Committee, approved by the LTER Coordinating Committee April, 2005.

June 1, 2005
LTER Network Data Access Policy 2005
This policy is retained for historical purposes. It has been replaced by 2012 and 2017 revisions to the policy.
April 6, 2005
Spring 2005 Information Management Committee Report

LTER Information Managers Report to the Coordinating Committee Prepared by IMExec 29 March 2005 Summary of Information Managers Committee (IMC) activities since LTER CC meeting at BNZ / ARC, August 2004.

March 29, 2005
LTER DataBits Spring 2005

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/).

March 22, 2005
2004 Information Managers Meeting Report

The annual IM meeting was held July 28-31, 2004 in Portland, Oregon and was attended by representatives from 23 of the 26 sites, members of the IT group from the LTER Network Office, and IT partners (link to participant list). The meeting agenda included presentations from recent projects (items 1-2 below), working group discussions (3-8), appointment of a new DataBits editor (9), and election of new IMExec members (10). Special emphasis was given in the meeting to the product-oriented working groups.

September 21, 2004
LTER DataBits Fall 2004

Linda Powell describes new IM System tools at FCE LTER. Dan Higgins and Matt Jones explain the Kepler system for scientific workflows. Teresa Valentine introduces the Watershed DB. Also, EML in Latin America and new forest service database.

September 16, 2004
Fall 2004 Information Management Committee Report

The LTER Information Managers Report to the Fall 2004 Coordinating Committee meeting at Fairbanks, AK. Prepared by IMExec, 10 August 2004. Summary of activities since LTER CC meeting at SBC, April 2004.

August 10, 2004
LTER DataBits Spring 2004

John Porter talks about the latest regarding the National Environmental Observatory Network (NEON) program. Jonathan Walsh shares his experience at the Web Services Workshop (February 2-5, 2004). Karen Baker, Shaun Haber, and Marshall White discuss the Postnuke Portal Software.

June 28, 2004
Spring 2004 Information Management Committee Report

Spring 2004 Imformation Management Report to the LTER Coordinating Committee. Prepared by IMExec.

April 20, 2004
LTER DataBits Fall 2003

Featured in this issue: Theresa Valentine and Don Henshaw discuss their approach to the marriage of tabular and spatial data at the Andrews LTER. Barrie Collins gives his take on ArcIMS, ESRI, and his management philosophy. We are exposed to adding internet spatial visualization to environmental projects when Peter McCartney discusses three internet map applications produced by The Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Also in this issue a move towards maximizing the spatial aspect of the LTER Network is taken with a new Network-wide survey.

September 26, 2003
2003 Information Managers Meeting Report

The 2003 LTER Information Managers meeting took place on September 22, 2003, in Seattle, Washington immediately following the LTER All-Scientists Meeting (ASM). The meeting was attended by representatives from 23 LTER sites and the LTER Network Office, and 8 invited guests from NSF and other programs.

September 22, 2003
LTER DataBits Spring 2003

Featured in this issue: Matt Jones explains the grid computing concept and describes a major new grid computing initiative for ecologists; Bill Michener fleshes out the context of that initiative with a sketch of SEEK, a wide-reaching grant for information technology in ecology. Peter Arzberger and others give us an insider’s look at an international grid computing effort for environmental science. Chad Berkley and Peter McCartney bring us up to date on the latest tools for doing ecology on the grid.

May 1, 2003
LTER DataBits Fall 2002

Featured in this issue are two articles about wireless technology, a description of a minimalist approach to creating dynamic web pages to display database content, and a discussion about the implementation of ArcIMS by a seasoned ArcIMS user. Other articles describe the innovative GCE Matlab Toolbox and the future of the All-Site Bibliography.

November 25, 2002
2002 Information Managers Meeting Report

LTER IM Meeting, July 11-13, Sheraton World Resort, Orlando, FL

August 13, 2002
2002 SCI2002 Meeting – IM Session Papers

2002 SCI2002 – 12 papers presented by LTER IMs in two sessions at international conference

August 1, 2002
LTER DataBits Spring 2002

Ecological Metadata Language (EML): Augmenting Research Tools and Capabilities, a quick introduction to Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT), a review of software tools for working with Extensible Markup Language (XML), an article on metadata management and what role Morpho and Metacat could play in an overall information management strategy at a LTER site, a review of several Email client applications, and an article about using the LTER LDAP Server.

April 17, 2002
Spring 2002 Information Management Committee Report

1. NIS (Network Information System). Since its formation in 1988, the LTER IM (Information Mangers) Committee has worked to facilitate intersite research through the application of new techniques in computer science and the emerging field of ecoinformatics.

April 15, 2002
Winter 2001: Highlights from Mini-NIS meeting

This meeting was originally proposed as a post-Snowbird meeting by Baker and Henshaw, but was instead supported by the Network Office as part of the on-going IM mission.

December 1, 2001
LTER DataBits Fall 2001

DataBits: An electronic newsletter for Information Managers. Spring 2001 Featured in this issue: A Custom data management system, International LTER Information Management Workshop, The NASA Scientific Data Purchase Program, and Web-based data entry for dummies.

October 20, 2001
2001 Information Managers Meeting Report

Representatives from all 24 LTER sites attended and actively participated in the 2001 LTER Information Managers Meeting in Madison, WI. Other attendees included James Brunt, David Blankman, Owen Eddins, Troy Maddux, Bill Michener, and John VandeCastle from the Network Office , Judy Cushing and Erik Ordway from the Forest Canopy project, Matt Jones from NCEAS, Dick Olson from the Oakridge National Laboratory, Jens Schumacher from the German Biodiversity project at the University of Jena, and Phyllis Adams from the National Park Service.

August 25, 2001
LTER DataBits Spring 2001

LTER Databits – Information Management Newsletter of the LTER Network – Spring 2001- Featured in this issue: A Custom data management system, International LTER Information Management Workshop, The NASA Scientific Data Purchase Program, and Web-based data entry for dummies.

April 25, 2001
LTER DataBits Fall 2000

LTER Databits – Information Management Newsletter of the LTER Network – Fall 2000 – Featured in this issue: According to most of the plenary addresses of the 2000 All Scientists Meeting in Snowbird, Utah, ecological researchers must think outside the box. Sociologists, modelers, climatologists, paleoecologists, remote sensing specialists, and science administrators all emphasized the need of ecological scientists to become comfortable with multiple disciplines and define questions that are significant in each of these fields simultaneously.

October 26, 2000
LTER DataBits Spring 2000

LTER Databits – Information Management Newsletter of the LTER Network – Spring 2000

April 17, 2000
1999 Data Management Workshop Report

Representatives from 20 of the 21 LTER sites attended and actively participated in the 1999 LTER Information Managers Meeting, in Spokane, Washington, August 4-6, 1999. The Cedar Creek LTER was not represented for the second year in a row.

October 27, 1999
LTER DataBits Fall 1999

LTER Databits – Information Management Newsletter of the LTER Network – Fall 1999 – Featured in this issue: an overview of the recently funded NSF/KDI Biodiversity partnership plans in addition to a variety of approaches to metadata, conferencing, visualization and training. DataBits continues as a semi-annual electronic publication of the Long Term Ecological Research Network. It is designed to provide a timely, online resource for research information managers and to incorporate rotating co-editorship. Availability is through web browsing as well as hardcopy output.

September 28, 1999
LTER DataBits Spring 1999

LTER Databits – Information Management Newsletter of the LTER Network – Spring 1999

April 17, 1999
The LTER Network Information System: A Framework for Ecological Information Managment

1998 presentation: Access to data and metadata distributed throughout collaborating national and international research sites is the focus of a development effort to support ecological research. The U.S. LTER (Long Term Ecological Research) Network informatics group is developing, along with national and international partners, a Network Information System (NIS). The mission of the working group is to design and develop a modular framework that builds on existing site functionality.

December 1, 1998
1998 LTER Information Management Committee Vision Statement

Vision Statement for the Information Management group: LTER Network Ecological Informatics: Finding Answers for Long Term Ecological Research

December 1, 1998