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New information management tools for Interactive mapping, Data management, XML conversion,  Scientific workflows Data Harvesting. ClimDB and HydroDB go spatial with the formation of WatershedDB. News Bits. Good Reads.

\DataBits is 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 databits-ed@lternet. edu.

—– Co-editors: Jonathan Walsh – Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Eda C. Melendez-Colom – Luquillo Experimental


Table of Contents

Feature Articles
About this Issue1
New Information Management System tools developed by the Florida Coastal Everglades (FCE) LTER ProgramLinda Powell2
Kepler: A System for Scientific WorkflowsDan Higgins6
Introducing Watershed DBTheresa Valentine11
EML Harvesting I: Metacat Harvester Overview and ManagementDuane Costa12
News Bits
Forest Service Research Station Launches New DatabaseJonathan Walsh13
Ecological Metadata Language in Brazil and Costa Rica13
Good Reads
Good Reads: Infrastructuring for the Long-Term: Ecological Information MaagementJohn Campbell14
The Cognitive Style of Power PointKaren Baker, Jerry Wanetik, Shaun Haber14
Data at Work: Supporting Sharing in Science and EngineeringKaren Baker5