Of the
EML datasets being contributed to the LTER NIS, a significant fraction is not
of sufficient quality for automated use, and a variety of approaches will be
necessary to remedy this. The EML Congruence Checker (ECC) is being developed
to report on dataset usability, but experience indicates that simply informing
sites of dataset issues is insufficient and in many cases, intermittent,
individualized consultation between site information managers and a mentor will
be necessary. We propose that one or two site information managers apply for
funds to offset time during 2012 so that they are able to act as mentors to
other sites, advising them on issues related to “PASTA-readiness.”