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Baltimore Ecosystem Study Data Document, Management, and Sharing: Preliminary Findings of a Site-Specific Study

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Fall 2005

- Shawn E. Dalton (BES), Jonathan Walsh (BES)

September 13, 2005

Openness and Transparency in Development of the LTER Network Information System

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Spring 2010

Mark Servilla and Duane Costa (LNO)

The May 2010 start date is a watershed moment for LTER that begins a five-year cyberinfrastructure development effort to implement the Provenance Aware Synthesis Tracking Architecture (PASTA) as part of the nascent Network Information System (NIS). Making this a collaborative and open process between NIS developers and community stakeholders is paramount to the success of the project. In support of openness and transparency during this development effort, key software tools have been identified and put into operation.

An Introduction to the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science

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Spring 2010

Lynn Yarmey (CCE/PAL)

The Panton Principles for Open Data in Science (http://pantonprinciples.org/), released in February 2010, are relatively straightforward but powerful guidelines to data publication online. These principles come from the digital curation community, an increasingly active consortium of librarians, information scientists, technologists and a small number of open-access publishers. In the months since the American Naturalist announcement regarding mandated data publication (Whitlock et al, 2010), issues surrounding licensing will likely remain at the forefront of attention. While simply putting data online may imply permission for data copy, reuse and republication, the Panton Principles encourage stating these intents specifically through the use of licenses in order to formalize the permissions associated with accessible data.

Using EML in Your Local Data Catalog

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Spring 2010

Margaret O'Brien (SBC)

Drupal developments in the LTER Network

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Spring 2010

Corinna Gries (NTL), Inigo San Gil (NBII/LNO), Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV), and Hap Garrit (PIE)

Introduction

As we all know, maintaining a website that was created employing less than perfect design and coding principles is somewhat tedious and time consuming. General updates may have to be made to every page, adding a new section can be cumbersome, quickly adding a news item requires html knowledge, and rearranging things in response to new insights of how people would like to navigate is almost impossible. This is where content management systems (CMS) come in. With strict separation of content, organization, layout and design they overcome the above mentioned obstacles to a more dynamic and responsive approach of web site maintenance.

SIO Ocean Informatics Update: Growing Infrastructure in Support of Scientific Research

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Spring 2010

Karen Baker (PAL, CCE) and Jerry Wanetick (CCE, PAL)

We report on the growth of an information infrastructure that began with the Ocean Informatics Initiative in 2002 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The initial aim to support the scientific research of two LTER sites, PAL and CCE, has expanded to include additional projects. In order to inform our future development, we look back on some of the milestones.

ClimDB/HydroDB (ClimHy) Database Migration to LNO

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Fall 2009

- Suzanne Remillard (AND) and Don Henshaw (AND)

LTER IMC and IMExec: 2009 Progress and Planning

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Fall 2009

Margaret O’Brien (SBC) and Don Henshaw (AND)

Experiences from an Information Management Cross-Site Visit

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Fall 2009

Nicole Kaplan (SGS) and Karen Baker (PAL/CCE)

Representing Geographic Features

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Spring 2009

- Robert Ischiel Petersen (PAL)

When faced with storing geographic information one must determine how to represent that information in the storage system. There are a number of factors to consider such as the precision of the location, the coordinate system, the data storage mechanism, the types of features and the degree to which the location data will be specified. This is by no means an exhaustive list but to my mind represents some of the key factors.

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