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information management at the virginia coast reserve long term ecological research project

Information Management at theVirginia Coast ReserveLong-Term Ecological Research Project

John Porter

jporter@LTERNET.edu

vcr lter
VCR/LTER
  • The Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research Project studies the ecology of the barrier-island/lagoon ecosystem of the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula
researchers
Researchers
  • The research team includes 25 investigators
    • Located at 7 different universities, and 2 government agencies
    • In 4 different states
  • The Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, VA provides facilities on the site.
goals of information management
Goals of Information Management

The goals of the VCR/LTER Information management are to:

  • Make possible new scientific discoveries, through the use and re-use of data
  • Help with the efficient management of the VCR/LTER project
types of information available
Environmental Data

General Site Data (e.g., Met., Tides)

Biodiversity

Data from long-term experiments

Investigator collected data

GIS data layers

Models

Time series of images

Researcher Directory

Electronic documents

Proposals

Research Summaries

Theses & Dissertations

Publications

Electronic Calendars

Satellite Imagery

Types of Information Available
slide9

The Metadata includes a list of locations,

and a link to an application running in

Taiwan

slide12

Display of metadata in the Metacat is standard for all LTER sites, and for other groups that also use EML

slide13

VCR/LTER - Milestones

  • 1990- GIS Lab Established
  • 1990 - Data Management Policy
  • 1992 - Electronic Mail Calendar
  • 1992 - Gopher Information Server
  • 1993 - WWW Server
  • 1994 - Online Research Summaries
  • 1995 - Web-based Personnel Directory
  • 1996 - Automated System for Research Summaries
  • 1996 - Biodiversity Database
  • 1997 - Web form-based Information Management Tools
  • 1999 - Automated Statistical Programs
  • 2000 – EML 1.4 Metadata
  • 2002 – Wireless Internet connection to island field site
  • 2004 – EML 2.1 Metadata
  • 2006 – PTAH translators
common open source software is used
Common, Open Source, Software is Used
  • Web Server – Apache
    • PHP
  • Databases
    • MYSQL (new applications)
    • Msql – Mini-SQL (Legacy applications)
  • Content Management Systems – PostNuke, Drupal
some projects
Some Projects
  • Main VCR/LTER web page
    • http://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu
  • EcoCam webcam database
    • http://ecocam.evsc.virginia.edu
  • Advanced GIS web page
    • http://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/~jhp7e/advgis
  • Data graphing on command
    • http://www.vcrlter.virginia.edu/~wwwczar/runplot.html
slide17

The ABCRC site management page helps coordinate research activities. It provides forms for requesting housing, boat and laboratory space.

slide22

Other pages are used to facilitate communication among researchers. Each researcher can add their own content through forums, blogs and calendar entries