Short Grass Steppe Metadata System

The Shortgrass Steppe LTER Metadata Management System Summary

The Shortgrass Steppe LTER site (SGS) their data and metadata in a relational database. Spatial data are well organized and accessible via multiple tools. The SGS offers EML for a number of their datasets, and current efforts will complete the legacy metadata conversion

LTER sites with similar management systems

  • some similarities : BNZ, SEV
  • potential synergies : MCM, PAL, CCE, MCR

The Shortgrass Steppe Detailed

The SGS information system includes a centralized data server for raw and in preparation data (organized as a data file management system with hierarchical project and user directory structure), an archive of finalized data and metadata organized in a relational database, and an archive of GIS products. A revised database schema that has been designed and prototyped should correct a few shortcomings and facilitate implementation of EML. Spatial data are well organized and accessible via multiple tools (web/HTML, Java applet and ESRI tools).

EML Status:

  • Completion: 25% of the current and long-term data sets are available in EML.
  • Richness : 10% of the current and long-term data sets have been delivered in EML at attribute level (levels 5). Work is in progress to create the rest.
  • QA/QC : There are manual mechanisms to ensure the quality of the metadata and data. Automated QA/QC protocols are used for climate and vegetation cover and density data.