Request to compensate sites for time spent by Information Managers on network activities.

LTER Personnel Database Web Services Development

  1. Allow site IMs to manage their personnel records
    through a single interface provided by LNO and then redisplay that content on
    their own websites by incorporating a web service call within a small web
    application designed to work at their own site.
  2. Allow site IMs to develop automated methods to
    populate or update their own site-level databases using information from LNO.
  3. Allow site IMs to provide automated updates or
    additions to LNO records using output from their own site-level resources.

Web Services Working Group (WSWG)- IM Buyout

A redesigned personnel database
will be available for all sites and the LNO to use via a web service
interface.  This interface may be used
for the two distinct approaches currently in use by the LTER sites:

Coordination and Reports related to EML Congruency Checker

Current experience using Ecological Metadata Language
(EML) datasets contributed to the LTER NIS indicates that a significant
fraction is not of sufficient quality for automated use. I propose to spend one
month (160 hours) over the course of 2011 on three tasks which will help sites
contribute “PASTA-ready” EML datasets, and which communicate LTER activities
vis-à-vis Ecological Metadata Language to broader communities.

Linking LTER sites via spatially explicit data: Creating a network-wide basemap and Interactive Cartographic Almanac

The LTER IM GIS working group is requesting
funding for an IM buy-out for the completion and implementation of a LTER network basemap and Interactive
Cartographic Almanac (ICA)
.  The GIS
working group was asked by Robert Waide, LNO Executive Director, to develop a
dynamic mapping tool for the creation of network-wide maps specifically for the use in presentations and publications.