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An overview of the recently funded NSF/KDI Biodiversity partnership plans in addition to a variety of approaches to metadata, conferencing, visualization and training.

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 to incorporate rotating co-editorship. Availability is through web browsing as well as hardcopy output. LTER mail list IMplus will receive DataBits publication notification. Others may subscribe by sending email to databits-request@lternet.edu with two lines "subscribe databits" and "end" as the message body. To communicate suggestions, articles, and/or interest in co-editing, send email to databits-ed@lternet.edu.

----- Co-editors: Karen Baker (PAL) and Denise Steigerwald (MCM)

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Featured in this issue: NT Networks, electronic tools and LTER activities.

DataBits is re-established this quarter as an electronic publication of the Long Term Ecological Research Network. It is designed to provide a timely, online resource for research information managers and to incorporate rotating co-editorship. Availability is through web browsing as well as hardcopy output. LTER mail list IMplus will receive DataBits publication notification. Others may subscribe by sending email to databits-request@lternet.edu with two lines "subscribe databits" and "end" as the message body. To communicate suggestions, articles, and/or interest in co-editing, send email to databits-ed@lternet.edu.

----- Co-editors: Karen Baker (PAL) and James Brunt (NET)

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Welcome to the Spring issue of Databits.

Appropriately networks and their uses dominate this issue of Databits as publication on the network becomes a real possibility. The paper version of Databits will continue to be produced, but Databits will be implemented as an electronic publication as well. Past issues of Databits are available on the LTERNET gopher and indexed versions are available on the Virginia Coast Reserve Information System. Thanks to everyone who took the time out of busy schedules to write something for Databits!

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Welcome to the summer edition of DATABITS.

There have been some exciting developments in the use of Interactive Data Access Systems within the LTER network since the last DATABITS issue.

This issue includes feature articles on the new All-Site Bibliography, GOPHER information server software, connecting remote PCs to the Internet and a look at data management at Luquillo LTER and site flashes.

There have been some changes on DATABITS availability. Among the most exciting is that online searching capabilities are now available and all the past issues are now available in ASCII and Postscript forms over the Internet.

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Welcome to a new issue of DATABITS!

This issue has a good balance of technical and non-technical features. There are reports on the use of interactive data access and data management policies within the LTER network. There are also plenty of hints on how to better use the computers at your site, including software reviews and technical hints. Finally, there are articles on conducting GPS campaigns and some solutions to common problems in scientific information management. There have also been some superficial format changes to DATABITS. It's now created using Framemaker software on a Sun Workstation. As always, DATABITS depends on you for contributions. Thanks!

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Spring is here, and so is Databits!

This issue features news from the sites, new ways to access LTERNET, some handy data manipulation utilities, a description of a GPS campaign and much more.

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This Databits features a host of technical tips (using the LTERNET rn system and e-mail made easy) and software reviews (communications software and UNIX database software) along with our usual news from the sites. There are also articles on proprietary issues in using satellite data and a new natural resources database. The report on the 1991 Data Managers’ Workshop in San Antonio is still in preparation and will be reported on in a future issue.

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This DATABITS features a wide array of articles and features with information on data acquisition, data management systems, uses of LTER data and using GIS systems, plus our usual news from the sites.

A new section, the Technical Forum provides a look at some methods for implementing network-wide databases for selected datasets.

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Another full issue of Databits!

We have a feature articles on archival storage at LTER sites, using PC-NFS and a review of two optical disks.

Additionally we have reports on the LTER Data Managers Meeting(s) and the ESA Long- Term Ecological Research Section, news from the sites and two new "columns:" "GIS corner" and "I learned it the hard way".

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Welcome to the Winter issue of DATABITS.

We have received a large number of contributions addressing various issues of interest to data managers and PI's. Our lead article on recovering from a major natural disaster is a reminder that data security is always relative, not absolute. There are also feature articles on Global Positioning Systems, the Connectivity Report, and the LTERNET online services, as well as brief reports from the sites.

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