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Reports from information management workshops across the globe, a review of tools for importing structured text files into relational databases, and a comprehensive report on efforts to create a metadata standard for models and data sets from ecological simulation modeling efforts at Luquillo Experimental Forest.

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: Wade Sheldon (GCE), Linda Powell (FCE)

Table of Contents

Featured Articles
About this Issue2
Moving Towards Network IdentityKaren Baker2
Data Junction Integration SuiteKen Ramsey2
Database Techniques for Creating Maintenance-free Web PagesWade Sheldon3
Special Report: Metadata Standards for Simulation Data/ModelsEda C. Meléndez-Colom5
News Bits
2001 LTER Information Managers Meeting in Madison, WisconsinBarbara Benson11
News from the Knowledge Network for BiocomplexityMatthew Jones12
International Information Management Outreach ActivitiesKristin Vanderbilt14
Metadiversity II WotkshopJohn Porter14
Detecting Environmental Change: Science and SocietyJohn Porter15
Good Reads
Ecology through TimeKaren Baker16
Biodiversity DatadiversityKaren Baker16
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I check to see if my HTML and CSS code is valid?Wade Sheldon17