Timely Links

Update Network Databases

  • Site Personnel - manage site personnel contact information and site lists.
  • My Profile - manage personal contact information.
  • Site Profile - change site contacts and research site attributes.
  • Bibliography - upload and edit site bibliographic entries.
  • Climate/Hydrology - update site metadata and harvest information.
  • Email Lists - view and manage email lists for site and network.
  • Password Reset - request a password reset for access and administration.
  • Some of these links take you 'off-site' and you may have to login again.

Keep those data sets rolling in

It has been over a year since the LTER Network was first introduced to PASTA, the backbone of the new Network Information System.  Today, the Network Information System holds 19,293 data packages, of which 3,888 have been contributed by LTER sites and 15,404 are from the EcoTrends project. We are happy to report that the NIS Data Portal ( and PASTA have been up and available on the Internet since their release in January 2013 without any major interruptions (for that matter, they have been up without any minor interruptions).

Be on the lookout for citings of LTER data!

Earlier this year the LNO established an agreement with the Data Citation Index (DCI), part of the Web of Knowledge by Thomson-Reuters, to index and track the use of LTER data sets in publications. DCI began indexing LTER data sets in June 2013. Indexing is enabled by the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI). When a data set is published through the LTER Network Information System PASTA repository, a DOI is registered with EZID (a DOI subscription service offered to qualifying academic efforts by the California Digital Library) and assigned to the data set.

Stimulus and response – the end of an ARRA

The LNO closed out an award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on September 30, 2013, bringing to an end a series of activities that benefitted, and continue to benefit, the LTER Network in a variety of ways. Synthesis activities included support for annual Science Council meetings, research working groups, research objectives of the LTER Decadal Plan, and training workshops. ARRA funding supported services to the LTER Network such as management of Network databases, basic cyberinfrastructure support, and development of the Network Information System.

2014 mini-symposium on the horizon

After 13 years, the annual LTER mini-symposium at NSF is still going strong. Each year, LTER scientists and students put on a half day of show and tell for NSF program officers and representatives of other agencies and institutions in the DC area. The purpose is to present some aspect of LTER research through a series of short presentations by site scientists, post-doctoral investigators, and graduate students. Topics have included ecological connectivity, ecosystem services, social-ecological systems, ecosystem management, international partnerships, and others.

Get more visibility and impact from your research with data citation

Citing data has been part of the LTER information management culture for several decades, albeit passively.  The documentation for most LTER data sets contains information about how to cite or acknowledge the data in publication but journals vary widely on their acceptance and approach to citing data.  Large search engines and unique identifiers have now made it possible to realize some real benefits from citing data sets and more journals are coming around to encouraging the idea.