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The Spring 2009 Databits is here and is full of some great articles: Following the presentation of ProjectDB at the 2009 LTER Science Council Meeting Wade Sheldon provides a great introductory article for those interested in getting started with XQuery and the native-XML database eXist, the primary technologies used for that project’s development. Complimenting this is an article by Margaret O’Brien on the lessons learned from the ProjectDB workshops. A contributing guest author, Sonja Palfner, shares her experiences doing collaborative work in e-infrastructure. There are ‘Good Tools’ articles for the rapid development of MySQL table-editing interfaces, software for managing sensor-network data, an auto-documentation tool for relation databases and an online site providing online courses in software development and management for scientists and engineers. In ‘News Bits’, read about some important Information Management workshops that occurred. And enjoy a great set of three reviews of articles sharing a common thread central to the work of LTER information managers. Enjoy!

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Featured Articles
Representing Geographic FeaturesRobert Ischiel Petersen1
Vocabulary Development as a Tool for Community-buildingLynn Yarmey2
Cyberinfastructure Traves: Sharing & Shaping Time, Space, and DataSonja Palfner2
Getting started with eXist and XQueryWade Sheldon5
Lessons learned from the projectDB workshopsMargaret O’Brien7
News Bits
Pacific Coast Zooplankton Working Group: Data and Information InfastructureKaren Baker7
Dynamically Plotting the Future: An International Information Management Workshop for Forest Dynamic Plot DatabasesJohn Porter & Meei-ru Jeng8
Good Tools and Programs
LEADUM Software DBScribeWade Sheldon9
Software CarpentryWade Sheldon9
‘Vista Data Vision’ Data Analysis Software ReviewJason Downing9
“Form”ulating a Simple Solution to Editing ChoresJohn Porter10
Good Reads
Informatics and the Electronic Geophysical YearKaren Baker and Matthew Bietz10
Data at Work: Supporting Sharing in Science and EngineeringMason Kortz11
Motivating Data PublicationJohn Porter11