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Information Management

Information Management plays a major role at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. Intensive forest ecosystem research, conducted on the Andrews Forest since the 1950's, has resulted in many diverse, long-term ecological databases and a strong commitment to information management. Hundreds of ecological databases are managed through the Forest Science Data Bank (FSDB), which has long been an essential component of the Andrews LTER and is jointly sponsored by the OSU College of Forestry and the US Forest Service PNW. The FSDB is managed through an information management system that supports the collection, quality control, archival and long-term accessibility of collected data and associated metadata. The Andrews LTER maintains an extensive bibliography and image library, and personnel and keyword databases are managed for integrated web searches. The site is also active in LTER network projects including development and maintenance of the ClimDB/HydroDB intersite climate and hydrology database. Collage of data management activities history at the Andrews Experimental Forest

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Campbell, John L.; Rustad, Lindsey E.; Porter, John H.; Taylor, Jeffrey R.; Dereszynski, Ethan W.; Shanley, James B.; Gries, Corinna; Henshaw, Donald L.; Martin, Mary E.; Sheldon, Wade M.; Boose, Emery R. 2013. Quantity is Nothing without Quality: Automated QA/QC for Streaming Environmental Sensor Data. BioScience 63(7): 574–585, doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.10. (Pub No: 4825)

Lin, Chau-Chin; Kassim, Abd Rahman; Vanderbilt, Kristin; Henshaw, Donald; Melendez-Colom, Eda C.; Porter, John H.; Niiyama, Kaoru; Yagihashi, Tsutomu; Tan, Sek Aun; Lu, Sheng-Shan; Hsiao, Chi-Wen; Chang, Li-Wan; Jeng, Meei-Ru. 2011. An ecoinformatics application for forest dynamics plot data management and sharing. Taiwan Journal of Forest Science. 26(4): 357-369. (Pub No: 4597)

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest [Map]. Valentine, Theresa, ed. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; 2011. (Pub No: 4656)

San Gil, Inigo; Baker, Karen; Campbell, John; Denny, Ellen G.; Vanderbilt, Kristin; Riordan, Brian; Koskela, Rebecca; Downing, Jason; Grabner, Sabine; Melendez, Eda; Walsh, Jonathan M.; Kortz, Mason; Conners, James; Yarmey, Lynn; Kaplan, Nicole; Boose, Emery R.; Powell, Linda; Gries, Corinna; Schroeder, Robin; Ackerman, Todd; Ramsey, Ken; Benson, Barbara; Chipman, Jonathan; Laundre, James; Garritt, Hap; Henshaw, Don; Collins, Barrie; Gardner, Christopher; Bohm, Sven; O'Brien, Margaret; Gao, Jincheng; Sheldon, Wade; Lyon, Stephanie; Bahauddin, Dan; Servilla, Mark; Costa, Duane; Brunt, James. 2009. The long-term ecological research community metadata standardisation project: a progress report. International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies. 4(3): 141-153. (Pub No: 4560)

San Gil, Inigo; Sheldon, Wade; Schmidt, Tom; Servilla, Mark; Aguilar, Raul; Gries, Corinna; Gray, Tanya; Field, Dawn; Cole, James; Pan, Jerry Yun; Palanisamy, Giri; Henshaw, Donald; O'Brien, Margaret; Kinkel, Linda; McMahon, Katherine; Kottmann, Renzo; Amaral-Zettler, Linda; Hobbie, John; Goldstein, Philip; Guralnick, Robert P.; Brunt, James; Michener, William K. 2008. Defining linkages between the GSC and NSF's LTER program: how the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) relates to GCDML and other outcomes. OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology. 12(2): 151-156 . (Pub No: 4430)

Kennedy, Adam M.; Remillard, Suzanne M.; Henshaw, Donald L.; Duncan, Lawrence A.; Bond, Barbara J. 2008. Converting data to information: coupling lab-level database functionality with primary LTER data archiving systems. In: Gries, Corinna; Jones, Matthew B., eds. Proceedings of the environmental information management conference 2008 (EIM 2008); Albuquerque, NM. [Place of publication unknown]: [Publisher unknown]: 77-82. [Online]. Available: https://conference.ecoinformatics.org/public/conferences/1/eim-2008-proceedings.pdf (Pub No: 4432)

Henshaw, Donald L.; Bierlmaier, Fred; Bond, Barbara J.; O'Connell, Kari B. 2008. Building a "cyber forest" in complex terrain at the Andrews Experimental Forest. In: Gries, Corinna; Jones, Matthew B., eds. Proceedings of the environmental information management conference 2008 (EIM 2008); Albuquerque, NM. [Place of publication unknown]: [Publisher unknown]: 62-68. [Online]. Available: https://conference.ecoinformatics.org/public/conferences/1/eim-2008-proceedings.pdf (Pub No: 4433)

Yang, Zhiqiang; Henshaw, Don. 2007. Generating EML from a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). LTER DataBits. Spring: 13-18. (Pub No: 4248)

Kaplan, Nicole; Gries, Corinna; Baker, Karen; Henshaw, Don; Valentine, Theresa; Vande Castle, John. 2007. Information management committee: GIS, technology, and changing organizational structures. LTER DataBits. Spring: 25-28. (Pub No: 4249)

U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER). 2007. The decadal plan for LTER--integrative science for society and the environment: a plan for science, education, and cyberinfrastructure in the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research Network. Publ. Series 24. Albuquerque, NM: U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network Office. 162 p. (Pub No: 4378)

Benson, Barbara J.; Brunt, James W.; Henshaw, Donald L.; Porter, John H.; Vande Castle, John R., coords. 2007. Section V: Strategic plan for cyberinfrastructure in the LTER network. In: U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research Network. The decadal plan for LTER--integrative science for society and the environment: a plan for science, education, and cyberinfrastructure in the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research Network. Publ. Series 24. Albuquerque, NM: U.S. Long Term Ecological Research Network Office: 81-108. (Pub No: 4379)

Henshaw, Donald L.; Sheldon, Wade M.; Remillard, Suzanne M.; Kotwica, Kyle. 2006. CLIMDB/HYDRODB: a web harvester and data warehouse approach to building a cross-site climate and hydrology database. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE-2006); Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia, PA: Drexel University, College of Engineering: [Not paged]. [Online]. Available: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1434 [Available through iDEA: Drexel E-repository and Archives]. (Pub No: 4169)

Network Information System Advisory Committee. 2005. LTER network information system strategic plan. Version 2.9. Albuquerque, NM: Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office. 6 p. (Pub No: 4383)

Brunt, James; McCartney, Peter; Gage, Stuart; Henshaw, Don. 2005. LTER network data access policy revision: report and recommendations. Albuquerque, NM: LTER Network Office. 12 p. (Pub No: 3853)

Valentine, Theresa; Henshaw, Don. 2003. Integrating spatial and tabular data. LTER DataBits. Fall: [Not paged]. http://databits.lternet.edu/fall-2003. (Pub No: 4716)

Henshaw, Donald L.; Spycher, Gody; Remillard, Suzanne M. 2002. Transition from a legacy databank to an integrated ecological information system. In: Callaos, Nagib; Porter, John; Rishe, Naphtali, eds. The 6th world multiconference on systemics, cybernetics and informatics; Orlando, FL. Orlando, FL: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics: 373-378. (Pub No: 3123)

Valentine, Theresa; Keon, Dylan. 2000. Developing interactive internet mapping capability for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest [Abstract]. In: Communicating and advancing ecology: The Ecological Society of America 85th annual meeting; 2000 August 6-10; Snowbird, UT. Washington, DC: The Ecological Society of America: 403. (Pub No: 965)

Baker, Karen S.; Benson, Barbara J.; Henshaw, Don L.; Blodgett, Darrell; Porter, John H.; Stafford, Susan G. 2000. Evolution of a multisite network information system: the LTER information management paradigm. BioScience. 50(11): 963-978. (Pub No: 2742)

Henshaw, Donald L.; Spycher, Gody. 1999. Evolution of ecological metadata structures at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site. In: Aguirre-Bravo, Celedonio; Franco, Carlos Rodriguez, eds. North American science symposium: toward a unified framework for inventorying and monitoring forest ecosystem resources; 1998 November 2-6; Guadalajara, Mexico. Proceedings RMRS-P-12. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 445-449. (Pub No: 2620)

Henshaw, Donald L.; Stubbs, Maryan; Benson, Barbara J.; Baker, Karen; Blodgett, Darrell; Porter, John H. 1998. Climate database project: a strategy for improving information access across research sites. In: Michener, William K.; Porter, John H.; Stafford, Susan G., eds. Data and information management in the ecological sciences: a resource guide; 1997 August 8-9; Albuquerque, NM. Albuquerque, NM: LTER Network Office, University of New Mexico: 123-127. (Pub No: 2441)

Michener, William K.; Brunt, James W.; Helly, John J.; Kirchner, Thomas B.; Stafford, Susan G. 1997. Nongeospatial metadata for the ecological sciences. Ecological Applications. 7(1): 330-342. (Pub No: 2389)

Spycher, G.; Cushing, J. B.; Henshaw, D. L.; Stafford, S. G.; Nadkarni, N. 1996. Solving problems for validation, federation, and migration of ecological databases. In: Global networks for environmental information: Proceedings of Eco-Informa '96; Lake Buena Vista, FL. Ann Arbor, MI: Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM): 11: 695-700. (Pub No: 2292)

Stafford, Susan G.; Spycher, Gody; Klopsch, Mark W. 1988. Evolution of the Forest Science Data Bank. Journal of Forestry. 86(9): 50-51. (Pub No: 759)

Stafford, S. G.; Alaback, P. B.; Koerper, G. J.; Klopsch, M. W. 1984. Creation of a forest science data bank. Journal of Forestry. 82(7): 432-433. (Pub No: 1352)