LTER sites coordinate information management approaches

Seven sites (Arctic, Jornada, Luquillo, North Temperate Lakes, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Plum Island, and Sevilleta), in cooperation with the LTER Network Office, have chosen to use Drupal software for information management. The goal for the Drupal Ecological Information Management System (DEIMS) is to make information management more effective, simpler, and uniform across sites. DEIMS uses Drupal because it is a free tool to manage information, widely adopted, forward-looking, and open for easy customization.

Briefly, DEIMS is the Swiss Army knife that enables sites to offer data, publications, media and related knowledge through the best web services that are available today. Using NSF supplements to North Temperate Lakes, Sevilleta, and Luquillo and support from the Network Office, the DEIMS team has engaged one of the best professional Drupal teams of the industry. The DEIMS project also benefits from contributions from our international partners at ILTER and the University of Michigan Biological Station. An upcoming release of DEIMS software will be publicly available this summer. A brief list of features in the new release include:

Network Compliance

  • Data DOI automatic retrieval
  • Integration of the LTER Unit dictionary services
  • Controlled Vocabularies from diverse authorities

Easy Searching

  • Faceted search
  • Contextualized data search
  • Search engine optimization


  • A service for EML and PASTA compliant metadata
  • Other export services, including RSS and flat text

User Interface

  • Browser-based information management system
  • Dynamic database-driven forms
  • Mobile-friendly website
  • Role based webflows for data and metadata chain of custody