Welcome to the Fall 2010 issue of Databits wherein 18 authors contribute from 11 sites and 2 institutes in 3 countries. Seven relevant and insightful feature articles relate to growth and refinement of systems. All three editorials share the theme of continuous change. And both the suggested readings reflect on past adaptations. Even the two tools recommended prove their worth in how they handle revision.
Keeping pace with evolving standards in information management may seem like “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." – Lewis Carroll. This ongoing challenge is captured in the Red Queen Principle, proposed by the late professor emeritus L. van Valen in 1973: “for an evolutionary system, continuing development is needed just in order to maintain its fitness relative to the systems it is co-evolving with.” The LTER Network has remained relevant through 30 years of change and was just last May recognized for its contributions by the American Institute of Biological Sciences. We continue to raise expectations for our practice. Within the large scope of information management we may feel small and progress may appear slow. Databits captures a twice-annual snapshot of information management co-evolving with Network needs. Now that all years’ issues are gathered within one site, the progress of LTER IM practice may be viewed like time-lapse photography. Enjoy!
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.
----- Co-editors: M. Gastil-Buhl (MCR), Philip Tarrant (CAP)