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With at least one article in six of the seven categories, there’s plenty to read in this issue of the LTER’s Databits. This Featured Articles section contains an introductory technology guide, a review of this last year’s introduction of video-conferencing practices into the LTER IM community and more. Read two reviews of papers centered on data management practices in the Good Reads section. The News section contains an update and review of a current LTER IM project, and in Commentary read an overview of a course taught by the well-known Edward Tufte. Also, there are some new useful applications reviewed in the Good Tools and Programs sections. And don’t forget to take a look at the Calendar in this issue for a list of upcoming event dates. Enjoy!

Table of Contents

Featured Articles
Getting Started with Web ServicesMason Kortz1
Telling the Story behind the PhotosBeth Simmons, James Connors2
14 Quotes on “Simplicity” by the Greatest Thinkers of All Time3
Whirlwind Tour of Digital Curation in the UKKaren Baker4
IM’s from the file and server tooms, and to the home office and beyond: Reporting our experiences with video-teleconferencingLinda Powell, Kicole Kaplan, James Williams4
News Bits
PROJECTDB – Planning and Development of a Collaborative Programming EffortJonathan Wash, Jason Downing5
Good Tools and Programs
Creating Archival DocumentsJohn Porter7
MySQL Workbench: A Visual database design toolJames Conners7
Mapping your mind with FreeMindJohn Porter8
Good Reads
Enabling long-term oceanographic research: Changing data practices, information management strategies and informaticsNicole Kaplan9
Disputed DefinitionsKaren Baker9
Digital Data Practices and the Long Term Ecological Research Program Growing GlobalAnne Graham10