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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.

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: Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV), Tim Bergsma (KBS)

Table of Contents

Feature Articles
About this Issue1
Design and Rationale for a Minimalist Dynamic DatasiteTim Bergsma2
LTER All-Site Bibliography 2002-UpdateJames W. Brunt and Troy Maddux3
GCE Data Toolbox for Matlab®—Platform-independent tools for metadata-driven semantic data processing and analysisWade Sheldon6
ArcIMS 4.0 – an “Out-of-the-Box” Internet Mapping Solution?Brent Brock8
Wild about Wireless at the VCR LTERTom Williams, John Porter, Phil Smith10
What Every Information Manager Should Know About WirelessJohn Porter12
News Bits
SCI2002: Ecoinformatics Challenges at International ConferenceKaren Baker13
ELTOSA Meeting and Informatics WorkshopKristin Vanderbilt14
BES Website Regarded as CurriculumJohnathan Walsh14
Good Reads
Ecological VignettesKaren Baker14
A History of the Ecosystem Concept in EcologyKaren Baker15