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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. In addition to these contributions, there are a number of feature articles, news items, editorials, and suggested readings that we hope you find interesting and informative. 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
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—– Co-editors: Brian Riordan (BNZ), John Campbell (HBR)

Table of Contents

Feature Articles
About this Issue2
Developing Collaborative Information Management SystemsJohn Porter2
Developing Data Ethics for a Scientific Information Society (Part 1)Avinash Chuntharpursat4
Pasta: A Network-level Architecture Design for Generating Synthetic Data Products in the LTER NetworkMark Servilla5
Three Challenges in Supporting Shared WorkspacesMason Kortz18
Ocean Informatics Matlab Working Group, Mirroring the LTER Community ApproachLynn Yarmey20
EML Status of the LTER Sites, Data Synthesis Examples and the Next StepInigo San Gil22
Ecological Metadata Language-Based Statistical AnalysisJohn Porter and Chi-Wen Hsiao24
Incorporating Information Management into the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard ProgramEda C. Meléndez-Colom , Elliot Lopez, Jorge R. Ortiz-Zayas, Clara I. Abad, Hilca Nieves Ri, and Aurea Berri Sá26
A Long-term investment of an LTER Information Manager’s TimeEde C. Meléndez-Colom30
Scientific Meetings: Rigor, Relevance, and VarietyKaren Baker32
IM Friendship and JaLTERAkiko Ogawa34
News Bits
Hubbard Brook Dedicates Archive Building to Cindy VeenJohn Campbell36
Controlled-Vocabulary Working Group ReportJohn H. Porter36
NSF Workshop: History and Theory of Infrastructure, Lessons for New Scientific CyberinfrastructuresFlorence Millerand37
Good Reads
Ajax and PHP: Building Responsive Web ApplicationsSabine Grabner38
Metadata: Implementation of an International FrameworkKaren Baker39
Data Curation in E-ScienceTed Gragson39