IM-Exec Membership

For more detailed information on governance history, see "Information Management Committee (IMC) Governance History" under Governance Working Group.



2018 – Asilomar, Pacific City, CA (July 24)
Regular members:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Stevan Earl (CAP) 2018 2021* IMC Co-Chairperson
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2018 2021* IMC Co-Chairperson
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2017 2020
Renee Brown (MCM) 2018 2021
Tim Whiteaker (BLE) 2018 2021

*Elected from IM-Exec member to co-chair for new 3 year term.


Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Dan Bahauddin (CDR) 2018 2021 EB Representative
Marty Downs (NCO) NCO Representative


2017 – Bloomington, IN (July 24)
Regular members:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
M. "Gastil" Gastil-Buhl (MCR) 2015 2018 IMC Chairperson
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2015 2018 EB Representative
Stevan Earl (CAP) 2016 2019
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2017 2020
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2017 2020

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Marty Downs (NCO) NCO Representative

Draft Bylaws (previously called ToR) are in the works for the IMC. IMEXEC will consist of 5 members with one member serving as IMC Chairperson. The EB Rep, if not already on IMEXEC, will be an ex-officio member and expected to attend monthly VTCs.



2016 – Santa Barbara, CA (August 18)
Regular members:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
M. "Gastil" Gastil-Buhl (MCR) 2015 2018 IMC Chairperson
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2015 2018 EB Representative
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2014 2017
Yang Xia (KNZ) 2014 2017
Stevan Earl (CAP) 2016 2019

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Marty Downs (NCO) NCO Representative

Notes regarding governance: Because of the transition from LNO to NCO and newly formed EDI, it is unclear how IMC will interact in this new environment. No candidates stepped up to serve in role as IMC chair. It was decided that we would suspend the ToR for one year and revisit governance next year. It was decided that IMEXEC would include only 5 people rather than 7. Both Gastil and Wade were serving as IMEXEC members and were also chosen to serve as IMC Chair and EB Rep, respectively. Elections were not held. NISAC is basically defunct.



2015 – Estes Park, CO (August 30)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
James Connors (PAL/CCE) 2013 2016
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2014 2017
Yang Xia (KNZ) 2014 2017
M. "Gastil" Gastil-Buhl (MCR) 2015 2018
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2015 2018

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Philip Tarrant (CAP) 2013 2016 IMC Co-chairperson
Corinna Gries (NTL) 2015 2018 IMC Co-chairperson
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2013 2016 EB Representative

LNO grant ended in 2014 and is no longer an entity. NCO has been awarded a new grant as the LTER Communications Office. An RFP is out for a new data center, but has not yet been awarded.



2014 – Frisco, CO (July 8)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2014 2015*
Kristin Vanderbuilt (SEV) 2012 2015
James Connors (PAL/CCE) 2013 2016
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2014 2017
Yang Xia (KNZ) 2014 2017

*Elected to fill a vacant 1-year term taking over for Adam Skibbe


Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
John Chamblee (CWT) 2012 2015 IMC Co-chairperson
Philip Tarrant (CAP) 2013 2016 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2013 2016 EB Representative
M. "Gastil" Gastil-Buhl (MCR) 2012 2015 NISAC Co-chairperson
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2013 2016 NISAC Co-chairperson


2013 – Fairbanks, AK (July 25)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2011 2014
Dan Bahauddin (CDR) 2013 2014
Adam Skibbie (KNZ) 2012 2015
Kristin Vanderbuilt (SEV) 2012 2015
James Connors (PAL/CCE) 2013 2016

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
John Chamblee (CWT) 2012 2015 IMC Co-chairperson
Philip Tarrant (CAP) 2013 2016 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2013 2016 EB Representative
M. "Gastil" Gastil-Buhl (MCR) 2012 2015 NISAC Co-chairperson
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2013 2016 NISAC Co-chairperson


2012 – Estes Park, CO (September 9)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Dan Bahauddin (CDR) 2010 2013
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2011 2014
Philip Tarrant (CAP)* 2012 2014
Adam Skibbie (KNZ) 2012 2015
Kristin Vanderbuilt (SEV) 2012 2015

*Elected to replace John Chamblee for a 2-year term

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Margaret O’Brien (SBC)* 2012 2013 IMC Co-chairperson
John Chamblee (CWT) 2012 2015 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Emery Boose (HFR) 2010 2013 EB Representative
John Porter (VCR) 2010 2013 NISAC Co-chairperson

*Elected to serve a one year term to stagger co-chair terms



2011 – Santa Barbara, CA (September 27)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Sven Bohm (KBS) 2009 2012
Emery Boose (HFR) 2009 2012
Dan Bahauddin (CDR) 2010 2013
Jason Downing (BNZ) 2011 2014
John Chamblee (CWT) 2011 2014

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
Don Henshaw (AND) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Emery Boose (HFR) 2010 2013 EB Representative
John Porter (VCR) 2010 2013 NISAC Co-chairperson


2010 – Kellogg Biological Station (September 23)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2008 2011
Corinna Gries (NTL)* 2009 2011
Sven Bohm (KBS) 2009 2012
Emery Boose (HFR) 2009 2012
Dan Bahauddin (CDR) 2010 2013

*Elected to replace Margaret for a 2-year term and moved from CAP to NTL

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
Don Henshaw (AND) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2008 2011 NISAC representative

2009 – Estes Park (September 13)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Hap Garrit (PIE) 2007 2010
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2008 2011
Corinna Gries (NTL)* 2009 2011
Sven Bohm (KBS) 2009 2012
Emery Boose (HFR) 2009 2012

*Elected to replace Margaret for a 2-year term and moved from CAP to NTL

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
Don Henshaw (AND) 2009 2012 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2008 2011 NISAC representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
IMEXEC decided that membership including the chair(s) should be limited to 7 people. Therefore, if there are co-chairs, then only 5 members; if there is only one chair, then membership would be 6 members and an additional member would need to be voted in.


2008 – Albuquerque (September 8-9)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Todd Ackerman (NWT) 2006 2009
John Campbell (HBR) 2006 2009
Barrie Collins (CWT)* 2007 2010
Hap Garrit (PIE) 2007 2010
Suzanne Remillard (AND) 2008 2011
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2008 2011

*Resigned October 2008 and not replaced

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Corinna Gries (CAP) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2008 2011 NISAC representative

2007 – San Jose (August 2-5)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2005 2008
Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ) 2005 2008
John Campbell (HBR) 2006 2009
Todd Ackerman (NWT) 2006 2009
Barrie Collins (CWT) 2007 2010
Hap Garrit (PIE) 2007 2010

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Corinna Gries (CAP) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
Barbara Benson (NTL) Former IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Don Henshaw (AND) Jan 2003 2008 NISAC representative

2006 – Estes Park (September 18-20)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Emery Boose (HFR) 2004 2007
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2004 2007
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2005 2008
Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ) 2005 2008
Todd Ackerman (NWT) 2006 2009
John Campbell (HBR) 2006 2009

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Corinna Gries (CAP) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2006 2009 IMC Co-chairperson
Barbara Benson (NTL) Former IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Don Henshaw (AND) Jan 2003 2008 LTER Exec & NISAC representative

2005 – Montreal (August 4-7)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2003 2006
Ken Ramsey (JRN) 2003 2006
Emery Boose (HFR) 2004 2007
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2004 2007
Margaret O’Brien (SBC) 2005 2008
Eda Melendez-Colom (LUQ) 2005 2008

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2003 2006 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Don Henshaw (AND) 2005 2008 LTER Exec representative
Don Henshaw (AND) 2003 2008 NISAC representative

2004 – Portland (September 28-31)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2002 2005
Linda Powell (FCE) 2003* 2005
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2003 2006
Ken Ramsey (JRN) 2003 2006
Emery Boose (HFR) 2004 2007
Jonathan Walsh (BES) 2004 2007

*Replaces last 2 years for Tim Bergsma (KBS)

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2003 2006 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Peter McCartney (CAP) 2002 2005 LTER Exec representative
Don Henshaw (AND) 2003 2008 NISAC representative

2003 – Seattle (September 22)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Emery Boose (HFR) 2001 2004
Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV) 2001 2004
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2002 2005
Linda Powell (FCE) 2003* 2005
Nicole Kaplan (SGS) 2003 2006
Ken Ramsey (JRN) 2003 2006

*Replaces last 2 years for Tim Bergsma (KBS)

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2003 2006 IMC chairperson
Susan Stafford (SGS) Former IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Peter McCartney (CAP) 2002 2005 LTER Exec representative
Don Henshaw (AND) 2003 2008 NISAC chair/representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
Susan would like to give up chair position. Term for chair should be longer than IMEXEC term. IMEXEC term is 3 years. Chairs do not vote.
NISAC was formed November 2002 with first meeting 2003 and Don was agreed by consensus to be chairperson.


2002 - Orlando
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
John Anderson (JRN) 2000 2003
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2000 2003
Emery Boose (HFR) 2001 2004
Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV) 2001 2004
Wade Sheldon (GCE) 2002 2005
Tim Bergsma (KBS) 2002 2005

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Susan Stafford (SGS) 1998 2003 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative
Peter McCartney (CAP) 2002 2005 LTER Exec representative
Don Henshaw (AND) 2003 2008 NISAC representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
IMEXEC membership: 3-year terms; summer and winter meeting; conference call every 6 weeks run about 2 hours
Chair: 3-year review; can be reviewed sooner at request of chair or IMEXEC
Susan will remain as chair.


2001 - Madison
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Peter McCartney (CAP) 1999 2002
Don Henshaw (AND) 2001* 2002
John Anderson (JRN) 2000 2003
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2000 2003
Emery Boose (HFR) 2001 2004
Kristin Vanderbilt (SEV) 2001 2004

*Replaces final year for Ned Gardiner (CWT)

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Susan Stafford (SGS) 1998 2003 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (LNO) LNO representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
6 members on IMEXEC; 2 each year; 3 year term


2000 - Snowbird
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Karen Baker (PAL) 1998 2001
Don Henshaw (AND) 1998 2001
Peter McCartney (CAP) 1999 2002
Ned Gardiner (CWT) 1999 2002
John Anderson (JRN) 2000 2003
Barbara Benson (NTL) 2000 2003

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Susan Stafford (SGS) 1998 2003 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (NET) Network representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
Could not find 2000 report.


1999 – Spokane (August 4-6)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Darrell Blodgett (BNZ) 1997 2000
Michael Hartman (NWT) 1997 2000
Karen Baker (PAL) 1998 2001
Don Henshaw (AND) 1998 2001
Peter McCartney (CAP) 1999 2002
Ned Gardiner (CWT) 1999 2002

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Susan Stafford (SGS) 1998 2003 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (NET) Network representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
IMExec was called Data Task at this time
Another discussion about the benefits of inviting guests to the IMC meeting occurred. The practice of inviting guests should be continued.


1998 – Baltimore (August 1)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Chris Wasser (SGS) 1996 1999
John Porter (VCR) 1996 1999
Darrell Blodgett (BNZ) 1997 2000
Michael Hartman (NWT) 1997 2000
Karen Baker (PAL) 1998 2001
Don Henshaw (AND) 1998 2001

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Susan Stafford (SGS) 1998 2003 IMC chairperson
James Brunt (NET) Network representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:

Organizational Structure Changes to Data Task Committee.
The IM Committee unanimously adopted the creation of a chairperson position to bring the LTER IM Committee structure in line with the structure of other LTER committees. The chairperson will act as a representative of the entire committee, and will not represent any specific site. The chairperson will either attend the biannual Coordinating Committee (CC) Meetings or assure that the IM Committee is represented. The term will be three years and will be elected by a vote of the IM Committee members present at that year's annual IM Meeting (one vote per site). A majority vote of DataTask can call for a special vote of the entire committee at any time. The chairperson will serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of DataTask.
Susan Stafford was unanimously elected as chairperson. Susan's term will begin January 1, 1999. The IM Committee will request Network Office approval for the chairperson position and funding for the chairperson to attend the annual IM Meeting.(Editor's Note: Approval and funding for this position was granted at the Fall, 1998 CC Meeting.)
Developed 1998 LTER IMC vision statement

A discussion about the benefit of inviting outside guests to the IMC meeting occurred.


1997 – Albuquerque (August 7)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Don Henshaw (AND) 1995 1998
Susan Stafford (AND) 1997* 1998
Chris Wasser (SGS) 1996 1999
John Porter (VCR) 1996 1999
Darrell Blodgett (BNZ) 1997 2000
Michael Hartman (NWT) 1997 2000

*Replaces final year for Gil Calabria (CWT)

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) Network representative

1996 – Lake Placid, Florida (October 31- November 3)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Susan Stafford (AND) 1993 1997
Karen Baker (PAL) 1994 1997
Don Henshaw (AND) 1995 1998
Gil Calabria (CWT) 1995 1998
Chris Wasser (SGS) 1996 1999
John Porter (VCR) 1996 1999

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Rudolph Nottrott (LNO) LNO representative

1995 – Snowbird, Utah (September)
Regular members for the coming year include:
Member and site affiliation# Date Elected Term Expires
John Briggs (KNZ) 1993 1995
James Brunt (SEV) 1993 1995
Barbara Benson (NTL) 1993 1996
John Porter (VCR)+ 1993 1996
Susan Stafford (AND) 1993 1997
Karen Baker (PAL) 1994 1997
Don Henshaw (AND) 1995 1998
Gil Calabria (CWT) 1995 1998

#New structure of DMTF committee with new terms. Top two rotate off and bottom two were elected for new 3 year terms.
+Ex-officio due to tenure at NSF (1994-1995)

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) Network representative

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
Data Management Committee (DAC) is a standing committee of the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network consisting of at least one representative from each LTER site. It's function is to actively develop initiatives and address pertinent issues with regard to the accessibility, management, exchange, and analysis of ecological data. Decisions are made by consensus. Issues requiring decision are brought before the group as a whole either electronically or in a formal meeting.
The DMC has two standing subcommittees with shared membership: the Data Management Task Force (DMTF) and the Data Management Meeting Organization Committee (DDMOC).
The functions of DMTF are to 1) provide representation for the committee to the LTER Coordinating Committee, 2) ensure continued funding for future meetings, and 3) provide guidance and continuity to the DMC. The chair of the DMTF (which is elected by the members of DMTF) has the additional directive to represent the DMC to the Coordinating Committee. In addition, DMTF may appoint working groups/standing committees to ensure the continuation/completion of projects/meeting/workshops etc., when necessary, beyond the annual meeting. These groups shall serve as long as directed by DMTF. Any products/decisions that are produced by these groups will be presented to DMTF who will notify DMC.
DMTF will consist of six members, 2 of which are capable of serving as signatory Pis (should the need arise for proposal submission), with the Network Office data manager who will serve ex-officio.
Starting at the 1995 DMC meeting, two DMTF will be selected from the DMC. Terms for future DMTF will be for 3 years and will run from Jan. 011996 to Dec. 31 1999. (This is misstated, the 3 year term should be from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1998 [smr]). At this time, no term limits are proposed. From the the DMTF a chair will be selected. DMTF will then inform the DMC. If possible, the chair should serve as long as possible during his/her DMTF appointment.
If more than 2 individuals are nominated, a vote of the DMC will be conducted either at the annual meeting or by electronic mail, with a simple majority ruling. The chair of the DMTF will oversee this election. If the chair of the DMTF is involved in the elections (i.e. a candidate), the data manager of the network office will conduct the elections.


1994 – Seattle (September 21-24)
Data Management Task Force
DMTF Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
John Briggs (KNZ) 1993 1995
James Brunt (SEV) 1993 1995
Barbara Benson (NTL) 1993 1996
Tom Kirchner (CPR) 1993

Ex officio members include:

Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
John Porter (VCR)+ 1993 1996 DMTF
Susan Stafford (AND)* 1993 1997 DMTF
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) LNO representative

+Ex-officio due to tenure at NSF (1994-1995)
*Ex-officio during 1994 while at NSF

Data Management Meeting Organization Committee:

DMMOC Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
Rudolph Nottrott (NET)
Rick Ingersoll (NWT)
Barbara Benson (NTL)
Karen Baker (PAL)
Susan Stafford (AND)

Notes from meeting regarding governance:

Following up on a working group activity from the 1993 meeting, a formal structure of
operation for the LTER network data management committee has been adopted. The data
management committee (DMC) is a standing committee of the Long-Term Ecological
Research (LTER) Network consisting of one representative from each LTER site. It functions to actively develop initiatives and address pertinent issues with regard to the management, exchange, and analysis of ecological data. Decisions are made by consensus. Issues requiring decision are brought before the group as a whole either electronically or in a formal meeting.

The DMC has two standing subcommittees with shared membership: the Data Management Task Force (DMTF) and the Data Management Meeting Organization Committee (DMMOC).

The functions of DMTF are to 1) provide representation for the committee to the Coordinating Committee, 2) ensure continued funding for future meetings, and 3) provide guidance and continuity to the DMC. DMTF will consist of six members, 2 of which are
capable of serving as signatory PIs (should the need arise for proposal submission), and
the Network Office data manager who will serve ex-officio. One new representative from
the DMC membership will be asked to volunteer for a term of 3 years, at that time one of
the other members will step down until a fixed-rotation schedule has been established.
One of these individuals will be asked to represent the DMC to the Coordinating Committee for a period of 2 years and will be the primary contact person or recognized “chair” of the DMC during that period. That person will have the additional responsibility of notifying the membership of any relevant discussion or directives coming from the LTER Coordinating Committee, Coordinating Committee Chairperson, or Executive Committee.

The functions of DMMOC are to 1) organize the meetings of the DMC, and 2) edit and
produce the proceedings from those meetings in a timely fashion. DMMOC will consist of six persons, 2 from the DMTF, and 4 additional volunteers from DMC. One of the DMTF members will serve as the “chair” and contact point for the committee. The chairperson may select co-chairs and may ask for additional volunteers from the membership as needed. Current members are Barbara Benson, Karen Baker, Rick Ingersoll, Susan Stafford, and Rudolf Nottrott.

Business meetings are held at least annually and are open to other LTER representation
and encouraged especially from the PI and GIS communities. Business meetings are not
open to non-LTER representation. In addition, outreach or open meetings may be held
focusing on a particular topic in which participation from other groups and agencies is
encouraged.


1993 – Madison (July 23-31)
Data Management Task Force
DMTF Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
John Briggs (KNZ) 1993 1995
James Brunt (SEV) 1993 1995
Barbara Benson (NTL) 1993 1996
Tom Kirchner (CPR) 1993
John Porter (VCR) 1993 1996
Susan Stafford (AND) 1993 1997

Ex officio member:

DMTF ex-officio Member Role
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) Network representative

Data Management Meeting Organization Committee:

DMMOC Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires Role
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) 1993 DMTF
Rick Ingersoll (NWT) 1993 At large
Barbara Benson (NTL) 1993 DMTF
Karen Baker (PAL) 1993 At large
Susan Stafford (AND) 1993 DMTF
David Jones (ARC) 1993 At large
Mark Klingensmith (BNZ) 1993 At large

Notes from meeting regarding governance:

Redefinition of the mission of the Data Management Task Force (DMTF) and formation of a Data Managers’ Meeting Organization Committee (DMMOC) were suggested in order that (1) routine, network-wide tasks be equitably distributed amongst the LTER information managers and (2) all information managers have the opportunity to
become involved at the network level.

The primary functions of the DMTF are to ensure (1) continued funding for future
Data Managers’ Meetings, which might require proposal generation, and (2) that an information manager attends the LTER Coordinating Committee meetings. The DMTF should not be responsible for the organization of future Data Managers’ meetings. The DMTF currently consists of Barbara Benson, John Briggs, James Brunt, Tom Kirchner (CPR), John Porter (VCR), Susan Stafford (AND), and Rudolf Nottrott (NET, ex-officio). The 6-member format (with at least 2 members having signatory powers; plus the network information manager as an ex-officio member) was deemed satisfactory but a mechanism was proposed that would provide all information managers with the opportunity to serve on the DMTF. Specifically, any information manager may volunteer for the DMTF and, if more than 2 individuals do so at one time, an election can be held to select the 2 candidates, who should expect to serve at least 3 years.

The primary functions of the DMMOC are (1) to organize the Data Managers’ Meetings,
and (2) to edit and produce reports from those meetings in a timely fashion. This Committee will consist of 6 volunteers: 3 members of the DMTF plus 3 “at large” members; care should be taken that it is not gender-biased. Volunteers for this committee were Barbara Benson, Rick Ingersoll, David Jones (ARC), Mark Klingensmith (BNZ), Rudolf Nottrott and Susan Stafford. The chairperson will select co-chairs so that the tasks necessary for the smooth preparation, operation, and “wrap-up” (i.e., report production) of the meeting are equitably distributed.

It was recommended that the information managers, as a group, make more effective use
of electronic mail and LTERnet during the course of the year so that our meetings are
more efficient and productive. The formation of a “data managers only” group on LTERnet and more extensive use of surveys would facilitate this. Specifically, much of the discussion for working group topics chosen for the subsequent meeting should be carried out over email so that the reports for those topics can be presented at the meeting. This would allow more time for presentations and invited speakers, as well as expediting final report production. There would still be the option for introduction of additional topics during the “site flashes.”

The 1994 Data Managers’ Meeting is planned for Seattle in the autumn of that year. We
will evaluate further the advantages and disadvantages of (1) meeting at LTER sites
(rather than in conjunction with ESA), (2) non-summer timing of meetings, and (3) an
expanded 3-day format with increased participation from non-LTER information managers or those in related fields. Potential advantages include (1) opportunity to visit other research sites and data management laboratories, (2) scheduling of the meeting for less hectic times of the year, and (3) increased interaction with non-LTER groups. The primary disadvantage is the increased expense of a meeting separated from ESA. The added expense is not limited to funds and must include time considerations as well.


1992 – Honolulu (August 7-9)

Resurrect the Data manager Task List from the Toronto meeting - show how we have
moved from one Data Manager to a DM staff. Identify the RIM model with DM on the
same level as investigators.


1991 – San Antonio (August 1-3)

No mention of Data Management Task Force


1990 – Snowbird, Utah (July 26-28)
Data Management Task Force:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
James Brunt (SEV) 1989
Bill Michener (NIN) 1989
John Porter (VCR) 1989
Susan Stafford (AND) 1989
Barbara Benson (NTL) 1990
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) 1989

1989 – Toronto, Canada (August 4-6)
Data Management Task Force:
Member and site affiliation Date Elected Term Expires
James Brunt (SEV) 1989 1990
Bill Michener (NIN) 1989 1990
John Porter (VCR) 1989 1990
Susan Stafford (AND) 1989 1990
Rudolph Nottrott (NET) 1989 1990

Notes from meeting regarding governance:
* Establish a Data Managers'. Task Force for 1 year to:
1) Begin development of future priorities and goals for LTER data management
2) Provide liaison with the LTER/CC by inviting a Task Force member to every LTER/CC meeting
3) Facilitate exchange among the Data Managers' group
4) Formulate, with input from the Data Managers, the agenda for 1990 meeting
* Compile a set of LTER data management-related documents, to educate new data managers and increase continuity of the data management group
* Establish a Data Managers' Newsletter, sent electronically and by mail, about every 2 months
Development of Task Force
We, the Data Managers, decided that we did not want a steering committee. We want to maximize the coordination among the LTER Data Managers. We do not want one single individual speaking for the whole group. When requests come in to anyone, that person should immediately forward the request to the entire network and solicit input from the greater group. We agreed to form a Task Force with the following four functions:
1) To formulate, with input from the Data Managers, the agenda for 1990 meeting
2) To provide liaison with the LTER/CC
3) To begin development of future priorities and goals for LTER data management
4) To facilitate exchange among the Data Managers' group
Selected to serve on the Task Force until the 1990 Data Managers' Workshop were: Susan Stafford (AND), Bill Michener (NIN), James Brunt (SEV) and John Porter (VCR).
Expectations of Data Managers
A memo was sent from Jerry Franklin (NET) to all Principal Investigators of record directing them to discuss their expectations of data management with their data manager prior to this meeting. Many did, however, not all.
Participants were asked to synthesize those discussions and assess them with regard to their own expectations and their perception of the expectations of the NSF. Four working groups were formed with group leaders assigned the responsibility to report back to the main group-as-a-whole with the consensus of the subgroup. Out of these discussions there were three recommendations extended for consideration by the LTER/CC.
1) Data management be recommended for elevation to a core area of LTER. This in light of the critical importance of data management to the overall goals of long-term ecological work and the increasing importance data management plays to intersite work. As more and more data are incorporated into databases there will be increasing demands placed on data management staff. These increases are already being felt at older sites.
2) Discussion and synthesis of the criteria by which data management should be evaluated in the NSF review process be included as an agenda item for the 1990 Data Managers' Workshop. PI's expect data managers to identify and act on these review criteria. The Data Managers should be in a position to make recommendations to the LTER/CC directed at establishing these criteria.
3) A member of the Data Management Task Force be included on the LTER/CC to provide a liaison to the group whose charge would be to provide realistic expectations of data management and represent the collective group of Data Managers. The Data Managers could better address issues of importance to network.
Discussion Notes:
The four working groups returned similar syntheses of expectations. The strongest responses are summed up in following paraphrase:
"PI's and the NSF look to the Data Managers to set their expectations...they look to Data Managers to anticipate future needs and facilitate research."
Three recommendations were made as an effort to alleviate some of these problems, more accurately reflect the importance of research data management, and elevate the status of data management within the network.
1) Archival and accessibility (both short and long term), data integrity, quality assurance and documentation were considered the primary functional expectations. There was a strong concern that although these perceived"lower-level" functions were rated highly important, there are unrealistic views among PI's of the person time commitment necessary to achieve these tasks adequately. It was noted that these functions must be supported and in place before functions can occur that will increase productivity and intersite comparison.
2) Other expectations returned by the working groups included assessing data for intersite comparison, providing summary analyses and graphics, advising on statistics and technology, along with expectations that data management at their site would increase the productivity of researchers and the quality of research. With these high expectations placed on the Data Managers, the group felt that data management did not have adequate status with the PI's and the LTER/CC. The more experienced site Data Managers encouraged newer sites to begin orienting the PI's to the idea of a "data management staff" instead of data manager, deeming it would be necessary to have more personnel dedicated to data management to even modestly meet these expectations.
3) In the introduction of this discussion it was expected that there would be a broad difference between the groups' summary expectations and their views of what the NSF's expectations were. Contrary to this, it was the feeling of most of the groups that the NSF's expectations of data management may be the same as the
PI's and the Data Managers except at a network scale of operation and that better communication is needed among these three groups, i.e., the NSF, PI's, and Data Managers. Several sites indicated that they did not think that the NSF's expectations were being addressed in reviews of their sites, and that high-tech demonstrations carried more weight with the reviewers. The Data Managers strongly felt that the panel of reviewers shouldinclude a person highly familiar with data management and educated in the review criteria.

Additional Notes:
IMC terms expire in December; so there is overlap between newly elected members and rotating off members.