In the Fall 2012 DataBits issue we feature articles related to sensor networks as a follow-up to the SensorNIS workshop held at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest LTER in New Hampshire on October 25-27, 2011. We use this opportunity to present articles that discuss 1) progress made on sensor site establishment including types of sensors, sensor selection, or sensor platforms, 2) means of data transmission or communication networks, 3) development or adoption of data processing middleware, 4) quality control or data qualifying procedures, 5) data archiving methods, or 6) sensor management tools or solutions.
For one component of this issue we asked attendees of the SensorNIS meeting at either Hubbard Brook or the follow-up meeting at the LNO to offer short updates about how their sites had changed over the past year. We had hoped to have a short report from every site about their sensor-related activities, but instead we had several summaries and a plea for further development of management tools. Specifically, there were requests for standards, packaged tools, working demos or tutorials, and practice data. This issue comes at an opportune time to advance the discussion on sensor networks and, hopefully, further some of these standards that we set out to achieve over the past year. Please use this edition of DataBits as a springboard to keep the conversation going and work towards those goals.