Packaging and distributing ecological data from multisite studies

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Studies of global change and other regional issues depend on ecological data collected at multiple study areas or sites. An information system model is proposed for compiling diverse data from dispersed sources so that the data are consistent, complete, and readily available. The model includes investigators who collect and analyze field measurements, science teams that synthesize data, a project information system that collates data, a data archive center that distributes data to secondary users, and a master data directory that provides broader searching opportunities. Special attention to format consistency is required, such as units of measure, spatial coordinates, dates, and ... continued below

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Olson, R.J.; Voorhees, L.D.; Field, J.M. & Gentry, M.J. October 1, 1996.

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Studies of global change and other regional issues depend on ecological data collected at multiple study areas or sites. An information system model is proposed for compiling diverse data from dispersed sources so that the data are consistent, complete, and readily available. The model includes investigators who collect and analyze field measurements, science teams that synthesize data, a project information system that collates data, a data archive center that distributes data to secondary users, and a master data directory that provides broader searching opportunities. Special attention to format consistency is required, such as units of measure, spatial coordinates, dates, and notation for missing values. Often data may need to be enhanced by estimating missing values, aggregating to common temporal units, or adding other related data such as climatic and soils data. Full documentation, an efficient data distribution mechanism, and an equitable way to acknowledge the original source of data are also required.

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  • Eco-informa `96: global networks for environmental information, Lake Buena Vista, FL (United States), 4-7 Nov 1996

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  • Other: DE96014667
  • Report No.: CONF-961119--3
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 390618
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc687790

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Olson, R.J.; Voorhees, L.D.; Field, J.M. & Gentry, M.J. Packaging and distributing ecological data from multisite studies, article, October 1, 1996; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc687790/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.