Luquillo Experimental Forest SiteBytes 2006

LTER Site: Luquillo LTER

Contributor: Eda C. Melendez-Colom (Sep 14, 2006)

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LUQ LTER main achievement this year was the unconditional approval of the LUQ LTER 4 proposal. For the last year LUQ IM dedicated a great time in the everlasting task of improving the databases’ metadata and updating data on the web site.

LUQ IM is always looking for ways to improve the communication among the different communities of the LUQ LTER. Web sites could be a mean to improve this communication. A new Plone web site was created for the LUQ LTER Canopy Trimming Experiment (CTE) group which is now being used by its members to share and edit their documents, e.g., the LUQ LTER CTE Poster for the 2006 ASM.

To further enhance the communication and present the community with information management concepts, we created periodical email messages, copies of which that can be accessed on the web site called “Gotitas del Saber” or “Drops of Knowledge” (http://luq.lternet.edu/datamng/GotitasdelSaber/index.html). The explanation of simple concepts like what is a URL was very well welcomed by the community.

Realizing the fact that the LUQ LTER Schoolyard Program is going through a re-birth process, we realized that there was an obvious lack of an IM component in this program. We had collaborated in year 2000 by giving a workshop to the teachers on data management and creating a static directory on the web. Since fall 2005, LUQ IM has been closely collaborating with the investigator in charge by visiting the schools to learn more about the research sites and their data sets, creating a mailing group alias (lterschool@ites.upr.edu), designing a Web Site (http://luq.lternet.edu/outreach/schoolyard/index.html), entering their data, and planning workshops for managing data at the different schools. In these workshops, the student will be exposed to the principles that define an LTER site: sharing and preserving information. A subset of LUQ metadata standards will be used to document their data uniformly across the schools. IM has suggested modifications to the structures of similar data sets in an attempt to standardize the way data is being managed in the schools. The web sites where each school has a page with Photos, a data set catalog, main schools results, publications and contact information. Finally, IM will give a hands-on workshop in an Internship that will be held next November for selected students of all three schools.

LUQ IM continues with the effort of translating its metadata into EML and it will focus in this activity for the next year.

LUQ IM System needs to be enhanced. We plan to devote ourselves in studying ways to create a framework that helps the user (internally and externally) to access information and perform synthesis-related tasks. The best way to do this is still not clear. The LUQ IM intends to learn more about the best infrastructure to do this. We have hopes that EML will be the answer to this.