The GeoNIS is intended to be the spatial data component of the network-wide NIS development. The project exposes and merges heterogeneous GIS data from the 26 LTER sites into a standard format available for the Network and broader community to perform synthetic analysis, data discovery, and visualization. Goal 3.1 of the NIS is to increase data quality through standard approaches. This project will use site level GIS data to develop templates for display and analysis products that will be deployed for all LTER sites.
We are proposing to assemble a working group of LTER information managers and representatives from other groups with experience in sensor networks to develop a best practices guide for LTER on managing sensor networks and data. The working group will examine the various sensor network strategies and applications currently in use within the LTER network with the primary goal to assure data are actively archived into the LTER Network Information System (NIS).
Goals: The credo of this working group is that: Scientists seeking data should be able to efficiently and reliably locate LTER datasets through searching or browsing. In 2011, the LTER Controlled Vocabulary Working Group made substantial progress towards this goal (report attached). That progress included creating a thesaurus of over 600 keywords (http://vocab.lternet.edu) and using that thesaurus to automatically enhance searches on the LTER Data Portal by automatically searching for synonyms and narrower terms.
The NIS PASTA framework is nearing its first production
release in December 2012, and LTER sites have made great progress over the past
several years in getting EML-described core data online. LTER site Information
Managers and others in the eco-informatics community have also made progress in
developing or adapting software to perform analytical workflows using
Summary: This proposed workshop will review the current design of SiteDB
and recommend design changes to facilitate the integration of
value-added databases, ClimDB/HydroDB and StreamChemDB, into the Network
Information System (NIS). The work will focus on the redesign of SiteDB
and the development of an EML template to accommodate descriptive
metadata from these value-added databases.
Number of Participants:
Yang Xia, Sven Bohm, Margaret Obrien, Jason Downing, Jamie Hollingsworth, James Brunt, Don Henshaw, Aaron Stephenson