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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. LTER mail list IMplus will receive DataBits publication notification. Others may subscribe by sending email to with two lines “subscribe databits” and “end” as the message body. To communicate suggestions, articles, and/or interest in co-editing, send email to

—– Co-editors: Karen Baker (PAL) and Denise Steigerwald (MCM)

Table of Contents

Featured Articles
A Knowledge Network for BiocomplexityMatthew B. Jones2
Extensible Markup Language and Data Management Across the InternetPeter McCartney4
IBM Sata Explorer (DX) Open Source ProjectTony Fountain6
Network Conferencing Technologies: Opportunities for LTERJohn H. Porter7
University of California Addresses Technical TrainingKaren Baker9
News Bits
LTER Metadata Standards CommitteePeter McCartney10
LTER Site Information System Elements SurveyKaren S. Baker11
Ecological Technology Trail: A Concept for the ASM2000Chris Wasser11
Data Management Collaboration: LTER sites BES and CAPPeter McCartney12
Upcoming BES Data Management ExchangesSam Walker12
Palmer and McMurdo Education OutreachKaren S. Baker13
FAQ: What is Z39.50?Peter McCartney13
Good Read: Federated Database VocabularyKaren S. Baker14
Noted: Ecologist Outreach at Spokane ESA MeetingKaren S. Baker14