Jornada SiteBytes 2012

The Jornada LTER (JRN) participated in the SensorNIS, GeoNIS, and DEIMS cross-site workshops using last year’s LTER information management supplement. This year JRN did not request supplement funds to prepare the data and metadata for the LTER NIS since our preparation efforts are already funded from existing site funds and those efforts were already underway. JRN plans on all long-term Jornada data being included in the LTER NIS with attribute level EML by November 2012. JRN also plans on supporting our participation and development efforts related to the GeoNIS and DEIMS working group using site funds.

The information management team has been preparing our spatial and tabular data and associated metadata for inclusion in DEIMS (Drupal Ecological Information Management System) and the LTER NIS. The new Jornada data catalog ( is powered by DEIMS content.

We are currently loading all Jornada spatial data and metadata into an enterprise geodatabase and open source geoportal. Shapefile packages will be available for download from the geoportal initially, and from the data catalog (DEIMS) later. Concurrently, we are creating combined data files for each Jornada dataset and converting the combined data files from fixed format to comma-separated value format. We are also updating our documentation forms to PDF format and packaging dataset files (data, EML, PDF metadata, shapefile package) for download from the Jornada data catalog, geoportal, and the LTER Data Portal.

We plan to migrate from the old static Jornada data catalog by the end of November once all Jornada dataset packages have been created. We are also working to improve the quality and content of EML generated from DEIMS before November so the EML will describe the dataset package contents including direct links to the data and shapefile stored on the Jornada website.

Before November we hope to create initial map and image services using the enterprise geodatabase contents and populate the geoportal with all Jornada tabular and spatial data (packages for download, live map and data services for use). In November we plan to begin automating the Jornada information management systems processes, refining data table query capabilities of the data catalog, and to load and relate all Jornada tabular data with geographic research site locations in the enterprise geodatabase to support geospatial map and tool development by Jornada research collaborations.

It is too soon to identify information management related post-ASM activities or site supplements needed to support site information management efforts next year, but supporting DEIMS and GeoNIS working group efforts will be among them. After the LTER All-Scientists Meeting and the LTER Drupal training workshop in November, we should have a better idea of our site’s information management needs for coming year.