Konza Prairie Metadata System

The Konza Prairie LTER Metadata Management System Summary

The Konza Prairie LTER site (KNZ) stores their metadata using a database. The database is the center piece of the KNZ metadata management system, and the transactions with the public and the users are coded in Active Server Page programming language (ASP). Some data files reside in the filesystem, while others are served from the database. The KNZ site follows a metadata driven information system, and in their dynamic website offer rich metadata in both the raw XML as well as eye-friendly formats.

LTER sites with similar management systems

  • clone system : AND
  • some similarities : JRN

The Konza Prairie LTER Detailed

The Andrews site stores their metadata using a Windows Structured Query Language (SQL) database. The database is the center piece of the Andrews metadata management system, and the transactions with the public and the users are coded in Active Server Page programming language (ASP). The scripts allow users to query, view and download metadata and data on the KNZ's dynamic website. The KNZ site follows a metadata driven information system, and generates rich EML documents that are offered both in their website and the central repositories. Some data is stored in flat text files, while other data are streamed directly from the database.

EML Status:

  • Completion: All metadata is available in EML.
  • Richness : All datasets have rich documentation, up to the attribute level (level 5)
  • QA/QC : Some revision of the database content seems to be needed to fill-in some metadata gaps.