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Announcement:

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Fall 2007

Alternatively, this issue will be published with the Open Journal Systems software, developed by the Public Knowledge Project, released under GNU GPL. Since the current format of DataBits is showing its age (retro style rainbow banner, eek!) and there are more sophisticated ways than our copy-paste editing technique, we are test driving OJS to to see if

Preparing for your LTER midterm review

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Spring 2007

- Jonathan Walsh (BES)

I hope this article will serve as a helpful guide for LTER information managers to prepare for a site review. It is important to recognize that each review team includes at least one member who is an information management expert.

A Web Developer's View of the Research World and the Entertainment Industry

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Spring 2007

- Shaun Haber (PAL & CCE)

Having worked with two LTER sites for a number of years, I left to pursue web development as a profession within the entertainment industry. This provided me an opportunity to compare the work of a programmer within the academic world with that in the entertainment realm. The two industries are similar in many ways. Granted, there are some obvious material differences. The entertainment industry is high-profile and generally pays better than academia, but academia tends to be a "quieter" working environment.

A Long-term Investment of an LTER Information Manager's Time

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Fall 2006

- Eda C. Melendez-Colom (LUQ)

Scientific Meetings: Rigor, Relevance, and Variety

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Fall 2006

Scientific Meetings: Rigor, Relevance, and Variety

- Karen Baker (PAL/CCE)

IM Friendship and JaLTER

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Fall 2006

- Akiko Ogawa, Japanese LTER (JaLTER)

Experiences with MySQL 5.0 as a stand alone Relational Database in Ecological Studies

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Spring 2006

- Brian Riordan (BNZ)

What does PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database, offer beyond the standard of an object-relational database management system?

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Spring 2006

- Sabine Grabner (MCR)

Editor Note

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Spring 2006

*Editor note - There are many great database programs and solutions on the open source market as well as the commercial market. These editorials are to shed some light on the two most stable open source databases: MySQL and PostgreSQL. Both of these databases perform well and either can be used in a mission critical application. These editorials are just the opinions of the IMs that wrote them and are not endorsed by NSF or the LTER. I hope in forthcoming issues that someone will discuss the commercial products as well.

Tacit Knowledge Acquisition: Approaching Replicability

Issue: 
Fall 2005

- James Brunt (LNO)

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