Since 1989 the information managers of the LTER Network have maintained a bi-annual newsletter that documents information management news, resources, and developments. Subscribe to DataBits, alongside with other LTER newsletters, subscribe to our feed of DataBits articles, or visit our archives for a slice of IM history. Pre-2019 issues of DataBits are available in a pdf archive.

DataBits: Winter/Spring Edition of Site Bytes

The NES team, masked and socially distanced, on a research cruise in 2020

Below you’ll find the latest roundup of IM news from sites that have updates related to new staff, funding, project development. Luquillo LTER – Miguel Leon Greetings from the Luquillo (LUQ) LTER. I’m Miguel Leon, the newish Information Manager, starting in late 2019. I came to the LTER network after about 10 years working as… Read more »

Implementing a Virtual Site All-Scientists’ Meeting

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  By John Porter, Virginia Coastal Reserve LTER The big decision and assessing virtual meeting needs Each January, the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER holds an “All Scientists’ Meeting” to exchange information about research progress and to plan for upcoming activities over the coming year. Typically, this is an in-person meeting held at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal… Read more »

Databits: ezEML — A Do-It-Yourself Form-Based Editor for Creating Metadata Documents in EML, the Ecological Metadata Language

By Jon Ide and Mark Servilla, Environmental Data Initiative ezEML is a form-based online tool to streamline the creation of metadata in the Ecological Metadata Language (EML). It was created by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) and employs EDI’s Metapype library, which is a general-purpose framework for creating and validating metadata, along with Metapype’s implementation… Read more »

The IMCR: A Catalog of Information Management Software

  By Kristin Vanderbilt (EDI) & Colin Smith (EDI) Scientists, students, and information management professionals often find themselves in need of code or software to help clean, process, document, and manage data. The Information Management Code Registry (IMCR) aims to make it easier to find existing tools by guiding users to discover software that performs… Read more »

Databits: LTER Site Bytes 2020 Coastal Edition

Each year, the LTER Information Management (IM) committee gathers updates from sites across the network related to IM system and personnel changes over the past year, compiling them into a series of ‘Site Bytes’, or site summaries. This November, the first 2020 Site Bytes that started rolling into the editors’ (virtual) office were all from… Read more »

DataBits: Off-Site Backups to Amazon Web Services

What would happen to your site’s data if a fire, hurricane, or ransomware tore through your campus? Veteran information manager John Porter decided that a cloud backup was a wise insurance policy.

DataBits | 2019 Summer

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The community of LTER Information managers publishes the DataBits Newsletter approximately twice a year, with updates on information activities at sites and deep dives into topics of interest to LTER and other Environmental Information Managers. In the Summer 2019 issue, Site Bytes makes a triumphant return after a long absence. There is also plenty of… Read more »