Welcome to the Fall 2013 issue of Databits, which covers a variety of topics. A Commentary article gives an overview of network products, highlighting 2013 as a watershed year for the roll-out of community-developed IM tools. Several articles in this issue contain further information about these products. Two other commentaries extol the strengths of the EML Congruence Checker and offer a way to assess IM costs by source of support, an important consideration as changes in network operation are evaluated. Featured articles include use of the GCE Data Toolbox for automating sensor data harvesting and quality control; new DEIMS data discovery features (faceted searching and the Data Explorer); tools for securing data, a significant current topic; approaches for assuring data integrity; and the use of PASTA audit web services. Under "News Bits", an update is provided on the GeoNIS web service for processing spatial data and delivering mapping services to sites. The Good Reads section includes reviews of a book regarding "Big Data" and an article on common errors in ecological data.
DataBits continues as a semi-annual electronic publication of the Long Term Ecological Research Network. It is designed to provide a timely, online resource for research information managers and is supported by rotating co-editors.
Hope Humphries (NWT) and John Porter (VCR), Fall 2013 Co-Editors