Summary: The “quality” of a data package is a
reflection of how well it may be used for a specific purpose. The
emerging LTER Network Information System (NIS) is being developed to
ingest EML datasets and process them in automated workflows. To do so, a
data package must include access to data, complete metadata (defined by
Best Practices), and have strong agreement between the metadata and
data (i.e., congruence). Tools such as the EML Congruence Checker are
being developed for reporting on data packages submitted by individual
LTER research sites. This proposed workshop will produce a comprehensive
set of checks to assure that LTER data packages meet a standard of high
quality, and that can be used by checking software.