Guidelines for LTER Information Management Systems

This document was created by the LTER Information Managers Committee. Version 2.1 was approved by the LTER Executive Board on 20 December, 2017, and builds on a previous version from 2009. This document defines best practices for LTER site information management systems. (Version 2.2 corrects a URL in the references to cite the 2017 version of EML Best Practices. All three versions mentioned are attached. See links below.)

The goal of an Information Management System is to support site, network and overall ecological science by (1) facilitating access to data and metadata by LTER scientists, the scientific community, and the public, in order to enable new scientific discoveries and their applications; (2) ensuring the integrity, security, and usability of those data and metadata for future generations through replication in repositories that provide immutability, versioning and public access; and (3) increasing the efficiency of operations within an LTER site. LTER information management systems provide important linkages between scientists and the general public by providing a complex mix of information resources (e.g., photos, data, research summaries, publications).

A successful Information Management System at an LTER site is created and maintained through the coordinated efforts of the Information Manager, other information technology staff, field and laboratory technicians, researchers, and site management. Such a system is comprised of hardware, software, and people and used to store and deliver scientific information. It is an integral part of the overall LTER science program at a site.

[1] Review Criteria for LTER Information Management Version 1.1. 2009.

LTER_IMS_Guidelines_V2.2.pdf July 2018 version93.2 KB
LTER_IMS_Guidelines_V2.1.pdf January 2018 version272.5 KB
LTER_IM_Review_Criteria_V1.1.pdf Deprecated. Retained for historic archive.26.23 KB