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Ecological Metadata Language (EML): Augmenting Research Tools and Capabilities, a quick introduction to Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT), a review of software tools for working with Extensible Markup Language (XML), an article on metadata management and what role Morpho and Metacat could play in an overall information management strategy at a LTER site, a review of several Email client applications, and an article about using the LTER LDAP Server.

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: [Linda Powell (FCE), Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV)

Table of Contents

Feature Articles
About this Issue2
EML: Augmenting Research Tools and CapabilitiesJohn Porter2
A Quick Introduction to XSLTChristopher Jones4
Software Tool for Working With XMLPeter McCartney8
Metadata Management: To Morpho or Not to Morpho, that is the questionDavid Blankman11
My Search for the Perfect Windows Email ClientJames Brunt13
Using the LTER LDAP ServerJames Brunt14
News Bits
2002 LTER Annual IMEXEC Winter Meeting at the San Diego Supercomputer CenterEmery Boose17
News from the March 2002 IMEXEC Conference CallEmery Boose19
LTER Cross-Site Activity: Documentation of the presence and abundance of non-indigenous speciesMariah Carbone20
Greg Shore hired as LTER Network Office Computer System AdministratorLinda Powell22
Good Reads
Managing Scientific MetadataKaren Baker22
Is it Time to Bury the Ecosystem Concept?Maria Vernet, Karen Baker23
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information about IT terminology and techniques on the web?Wade Sheldon24
What Are Some of the Current Computing Acronyms Used by the LTER Information Managers?Linda Powell25