Bonanza Creek SiteBytes 2011

BNZ used last year’s supplemental funding to tackle quality issues with our legacy climate data sets. Multiple years’ worth of streaming hourly data from numerous sites had produced a large archive of data that had not necessarily been fully checked for quality issues and therefore was not in a very usable state. We used this supplement to hire a research technician to systematically review, process, and organize core climate data variables from our primary weather stations. Priorities were laid out based on site and variable criteria to maximize the scientific usefulness of the products. Each variable was discussed among the BNZ executive committee and appropriate researchers for data quality, processing, and protocol issues. Data was to be assembled into clean and well documented files for importation into the BNZ database and thus harvest into the NIS. That data that was able to be processed will be useful in providing more, high quality, data to the NIS and was worth the investment. However, this project is more complex and tedious than expected or desired and thus the benefit will be less then was ideal.

BNZ uses a fairly liberal definition of what constitutes an LTER data set and we therefore host very few, if any, outside data sets. When approached with a request for such hosting services, I usually work with the individual to find a suitable host site or other options. We have tried to remove data sets from our catalog that are simply being hosted or that were only reproductions of data sets that are available elsewhere; such as some USGS stream flow data that certain researchers wanted to have available on our site as well rather that harvesting it themselves from the original source