Databit Submissions for Fall 2009

Attention All,

The Fall 2009 issue of Databits is now open for submissions! I know that everyone has been busy and there are lots of topics and articles that each of us could contribute so I encourage everyone to submit something. Also, this is a great opportunity to reach out to some LTER affiliates for collaborations and have them contribute as well. Thanks in advance for the plethora of submissions that I know are forthcoming.

To make a submission, just go to the the following link:

I've included some brief directions at the bottom of the email for those who would like to submit their articles through the site's submission form. Email submissions are just as welcome, though. The initial submission deadline will be the 11th of December, 2009. Please send any questions you might have.

Here is the list of article types, for this issue, you've all seen before:

1) Feature Articles: Objective, topic-based articles roughly 4 to 8 paragraphs in length

2) Editorials: Opinion-based or experience-based articles that may include personal commentary

3) News Bits: Newsworthy items such as brief synopses of past workshops, meetings, and conferences

4) Good Reads: Brief synopses of pertinent informatics-related books and journal articles

5) Good Tools and Programs: Descriptions and links to useful programs, utilities, code libraries or other resources for informatics professionals and software developers

6) Frequently Asked Questions: Frequently asked informatics-type questions with answers

7) Calendar: Upcoming events, such as workshops and meetings

Instructions for submitting through the new site:

1. Log in on the right using your LTER username and password
2. Click on 'Create content' -> 'Article'

After 1 and 2 you should be in the "Submit Article" section. Here you fill in the title of your article, select the type (see above) and please ignore the "Authors" selection. Also please select "Fall 2009" as the issue.

The body section is where the text of your article goes. Open the "Input format" option below the body section and click on "more information about formatting options" for an explanation of the differences between the full and filtered HTML formats.

If your article contains any images you'll need to attach them to your document through the "File attachments" section, and include them in your document through the tag. The URL to each image you upload will appear underneath it's name after it's uploaded.

The last section to fill out is "Authoring information".

Thank you,

Jason Downing (BNZ) and Dan Bahauddin (CDR)