Digital Asset Management Working Group

Digital asset management (DAM) for LTER sites includes the management of photographs, historical documents, web camera images, videos, maps, aerial photography, audio recordings, and photo points. These data/assets are not documented within the EML and database framework of LTER, and many sites are trying to find a system to document, catalog, archive, and provide a searchable interface on the web.

The focus of the group is to research options for DAM software, make a recommendation to LTER sites for implementation, and help with standardized metadata and cross-site searching capability.

From Scientist and Sensor to Synthesis: The GCE Data Toolbox for Matlab and Metabase Management System. Nov. 28-30, 2012

LTER sites use a wide range of software to acquire, process, quality control and archive data. A separate set of tools is then typically used to produce and manage metadata content and generate EML-described data packages for the LTER NIS. This separation of data and metadata processing is inefficient, risks loss of information, and often delays data release. Software developed at the GCE LTER site - the GCE Data Toolbox for MATLAB - streamlines this process by coupling metadata creation to data processing and quality control.

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