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A Custom data management system, International LTER Information Management Workshop, The NASA Scientific Data Purchase Program, and Web-based data entry for dummies.

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: Brent Brock (Konza Prairie) and Wade Sheldon (Georgia Coastal Ecosystems)

Table of Contents

Featured Articles
About this Issue1
A Standard for Creating Dynamic, Self-documenting Tabular Data Sets Using Matlab®Wade Sheldon2
International LTER Information Mangement WorkshopJohn Porter4
News Bits
NASA Data Purchase Program Offers No-cost Acquisition of Remote Sensing DataGreg Hoch5
Simple Tools for Creating Web-based Data EntryBrent L. Brock6
Good Reads
Public Access and Use of Electronically Archived Data: Ethical ConsiderationsBrent L. Brock6
Evolution of a Multisite Network Information System: The LTER Information Management ParadigmWade Sheldon7
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get information about metadata and other issues in econinformatics?8