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Featured in this issue: NT Networks, electronic tools and LTER activities. DataBits is re-established this quarter as an 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: Karen Baker (PAL) and James Brunt (NET)

Table of Contents

Feature Articles
DataBits Newsletter New DesignKaren S. Baker, Marshall White2
NT NetworksJames W. Brunt2
NACSE-LTER FundingSusan G. Stafford4
Network Office ExchangesKaren Baker, James Brunt4
News Bits
Database Design ToolsKaren S. Baker, James Brunt5
Web Survey and CataloguePeter McCartney6
Electronic AuthoringKaren S. Baker6
Network Office UpdatesRichard Dahringer and Colin Johnson7
Software Bits7