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Increasing Readability of R Output with Markdown

Issue: 
Fall 2014

--John Porter, Virginia Coast Reserve LTER

The R statistical package has many statistical and graphical capabilities and a large and active user base, making help easy to find on the Internet.  However, raw R output is relatively bare-bones making it difficult to display in easily interpretable forms – especially after a long time has elapsed.

Capturing Location Data for Field Plots

Issue: 
Fall 2014

John Porter (VCR)

The Open Science Framework

Issue: 
Spring 2014

John Porter (VCR)

One of the challenges in any complex process is keeping all the steps straight and keeping track of the files, notes, email etc. associated with a project. The Open Science Framework (http://OSF.io) is a new (beta) web-based tool for helping to manage the scientific process, and to share data. It is being developed by the newly started Center for Open Science (http://cos.io) to help promote reproducible scientific results and sharing of data. 

Managing Bibliographic Citations for LTER

Issue: 
Spring 2014

John Porter (VCR)

Publications are the lifeblood of science and academia in general. For this reason, keeping track of publications related to an LTER site is critical. The Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) LTER has for some time used an aging version of EndNote. But we were curious if there was something better. So we sent out a query to LTER Information Managers asking what they were using.

First, we defined what we thought a “perfect” system would look like:

New DataONE Tools Help with Information Management Tasks

Issue: 
Spring 2013

John Porter (VCR)

The DataONE project (http://dataone.org) 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" (http://www.dataone.org/investigator-toolkit). Here are some quick highlights:

Using Python for Web Services and GIS Analysis

Issue: 
Spring 2013

John Porter (VCR)

A Web Service for EML-based Mapping

Issue: 
Fall 2012

John Porter (VCR), David Richardson (VCR)

The VCR/LTER has published a new web service that automatically creates a Google Earth KML file containing markers for each of the locations identified in an Ecological Metadata Language (EML) document.  The tool returns a KML file named "EMLdoc.kml" that is suitable for use with Google Earth, ArcGIS or any other software that takes KML files as input.  

Interactive Cartographic Almanac

Issue: 
Spring 2012

Jamie Holllingsworth (BNZ)

The Interactive Cartographic Almanac (ICA) project was funded by the LNO for the creation of a dynamic mapping tool for network-wide maps specifically to be use in presentations and publications. Jamie Hollingsworth, Bonanza Creek LTER,  received funding to develop the map products. These maps enhance our ability to describe and depict the LTER network of sites to funding sources, interested public, and LTER and non-LTER affiliated scientists.

The Drupal Ecological Information Management System (DEIMS) As A Tool For Many Tasks

Issue: 
Spring 2012

Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ)

Introduction

For more than three years, a group of LTER information managers have been dedicated to the task of developing an information management system with the use of DRUPAL, a content management system (CMS) widely used in the USA, including government agencies (http://www.drupal.com/) as well as in Europe (http://groups.drupal.org/europe). The Drupal Ecological Information Management System (DEIMS) is the result of this effort (http://code.google.com/p/deims/).

Organization and Layout for an LTER Web site using a Content Management System

Issue: 
Spring 2012

Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ)

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