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New DataONE Tools Help with Information Management Tasks

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Spring 2013

John Porter (VCR)

The DataONE project ( has recently come out with several tools and resources that LTER Information Managers and other researchers should be aware of as part of their "Investigator Toolkit" ( Here are some quick highlights:

  • DataUP - a tool for reviewing spreadsheets to assure that best practices are followed. The tool comes in two forms, a plugin for Excel and a web application. Both provide reports on problems with spreadsheet data, such as inconsistent data types and missing entries. DataUP also supports metadata development and access to ONEShare - a data archive. See:
  • DMP Tool - a tool for preparing Data Management Plans. It provides guidance for a large number of federal and private funding agencies (including NSF Directorates), and often, information specific to your university. Plans can be entered into a web form, then exported to Microsoft Word or other text forms for inclusion in proposals. Old plans can be saved and modified for use with new proposals. See:
  • OneR - the DataOne R client lets you access ecological and environmental data from the DataONE network of repositories (which includes LTER) from inside the R statistical language. Data are accessed using the unique identifier associated with each dataset, which helps to make R code location- and user-independent. See:

Additionally, DataONE has a library of education modules in the form of Powerpoint presentations that can be used to help train your researchers in the basics of ecoinformatics ( You can use and edit them as you would like because they are covered under a Creative Commons Zero license (no rights reserved). They also have a searchable library of Best Practices ( and a searchable catalog of ecoinformatics tools (

Additional products are in the pipeline, so a periodic visit to is a good idea!