Skip to Content

Featured Articles

Featured Articles

Where are they now? - Susan Stafford reminisces about her years in LTER

Issue: 
Spring 2014

Don Henshaw (AND)

 

Where are they now?

Sustainable development

Issue: 
Spring 2014

Inigo San Gil (MCM,LNO)

Abstract

In this article, we cover some sustainable code theory and practices. To exemplify these practices, we describe the Drupal Ecological Information Management System (DEIMS) working group practices adopted over the course of the last year, detailing the advantages and challenges.

Securing Your Data

Issue: 
Fall 2013

John Porter (VCR)

Recent headlines regarding the National Security Agency (NSA), have made it abundantly clear that “data security” is always a relative term.  Does that mean we should just give up and throw open doors to our systems? Not so.  The key is to make your system secure enough that malicious parties will simply find it too expensive or inconvenient to penetrate it.  Often the key issues are not so much technical as personal. “Human engineering” is a key way hackers gain access to systems.

Automating Data Harvests with the GCE Data Toolbox

Issue: 
Fall 2013

Wade Sheldon (GCE), John Chamblee (CWT), and Richard Cary (CWT)

As described in the Spring 2013 issue of Databits, infusions of funding from the ARRA award to the LTER Network (Chamblee, 2013a) plus an NSF SI2 grant to Tony Fountain and colleagues (Gries, 2013) allowed us to make quantum leaps in both the functionality and usability of the GCE Data Toolbox for MATLAB software in 2012-2013. Accompanying funding for user training and support also allowed us to introduce more potential users to this software, and to work directly with new and existing users to take full advantage of this tool (Chamblee, 2013a; Henshaw and Gries, 2013; Peterson, 2013). This intensive work on the toolbox not only resulted in major improvements to the software, but allowed us to develop critical user support resources (https://gce-svn.marsci.uga.edu/trac/GCE_Toolbox/wiki/Support) and establish an email list and Wiki pages to encourage ongoing peer support and collaboration.  This process also provided the necessary momentum to remove remaining GCE-specific code from the main distribution and open the Subversion repository to public access, completing a 12-year transition from the toolbox being a proprietary GCE-LTER software tool to an open source community software package.

Using PASTA Audit Web Services

Issue: 
Fall 2013

John Porter (VCR)

One of the ways to motivate investigators to share their data is to show them that shared data is serving a scientific purpose. No one wants to spend the time and effort to produce data resources that are never accessed (a write-only dataset). Additionally, some investigators want information regarding who is accessing their data. One solution to meeting these information needs is to publish periodic reports on downloads and to distribute these reports to the contacts or authors for each dataset.

Data Integrity, The Phrase I Don't Hear Enough

Issue: 
Fall 2013

Ryan Raub (CAP)

Data integrity is basically the maintenance and assurance of the accuracy and consistency of data throughout its life-cycle. This aspect of data management is a key component of good archival system practices, and can have frightening consequences if omitted.

Opening the Data Vault with the Drupal Ecological Information Management System

Issue: 
Fall 2013

Inigo San Gil (MCM), Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV), Corinna Gries (NTL), Jeanine McGann (UNM), Marshall White (LNO), Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ), Aaron Stephenson (NTL), Jim Laundre (ARC), Hap Garritt (PIE), ken Ramsey (JRN), Philip Tarrant (CAP), Ryan Raub (CAP), David Julian (CAP), Chau Chin Lin (TFRI), David Blankman (ILTER), Atzimba Lopez (Mex-LTER), Cristina Takacs-Vesbach (MCM), Palantir.net and Dave Reid.

A New Way to Use PASTA for Synthesis: Results from the Second VEG-DB Workshop

Issue: 
Spring 2013

Emery Boose (HFR), Fox Peterson (AND), Suzanne Remillard (AND), Don Henshaw (AND), Mark Harmon (AND)

Coweeta LTER Upgrades Sensor Stations by Implementing the GCE Data Toolbox for Matlab to Stream Data

Issue: 
Spring 2013

Richard Cary (CWT), John F. Chamblee (CWT)

Integrity Checks For Large Scale Databases

Issue: 
Spring 2013

Kali Abel

Editor's note: Kali Abel runs a small data management company based in Alaksa named Turnagain Consulting. As a fellow data afficianado we have invited Kali to submit content to this issue of Databits, both as an introduction as well as to provide the perspective of outside commentary.

Syndicate content