Review Criteria for LTER Information Management

This document was created by the LTER Information Managers Committee, vetted by the LTER Network Information System Advisory Committee, and originally approved by the LTER Coordinating Committee on 6 April 2005. The document is intended to serve as a reference for formal reviews of LTER sites as well as for informal self-assessment and planning.

The Information Management System at an LTER site encompasses hardware, software, and people to store and deliver scientific information (data and metadata, where data may include both tabular and spatial representations). The goal of an Information Management System is to support site and network science by (1) facilitating access to data and metadata by LTER scientists, the scientific community, and the public, and (2) by ensuring the integrity, security, and usability of those data and metadata for future generations.

The review criteria below focus on functionality rather than specific implementation. A successful Information Management System is created and maintained through the coordinated efforts of the Information Manager, other information technology staff, field and laboratory technicians, researchers, and site management. The Information Management System should be evaluated as an integral part of the overall LTER program at a site.

LTER sites are expected to meet criteria designated as shall, and to either meet or show measurable progress toward criteria designated as should. Reviewers should realize that the bar has been set high in this document to encourage excellence. Sites are not expected to score perfectly in all areas but should demonstrate steady progress toward network goals as outlined and prioritized below.

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