ILTER sites' monitoring and research activities create a wealth of valuable long term data sets, and the network focusses on their professional curation, data sharing and accessibility to encourage their re-use. Specifically, ILTER Information Management focusses on continuously improved comparability of long-term ecological data from sites around the world, and aims to facilitate the exchange and preservation of these data. ILTER aims to deliver scientific information for scientists, policymakers, and the public. ILTER's activities are thus closely related to the management of long-term ecological and socio-ecological datasets and information, and efforts to encourage greater access to, and integration of, these data.
The Dynamic Ecological Information Management System – Site and Dataset Registry, is a web portal where you can discover and register information about ILTER sites.
Other global and European networks dealing with ecological long-term observation and experimentation also use DEIMS-SDR to register their sites. Datasets can also be registered. This is primarily from European sites, although any ILTER member network is welcome to use DEIMS-SDR for this purpose.
DEIMS encompasses a dedicated page which summarises the overall coverage by ILTER sites
ILTER Information Management Committee
The ILTER IMC deals with data sharing and management in the ILTER, based on an agreed Information Management Roadmap.
Current activities include
- Establishment of a Data Management Framework for ILTER, defining a federated shared infrastructure and the specifications and standards associated with it, policies, and best practice,
- Development of a shared conceptual model for site description,
- Development and upgrading of an open registry of ILTER research sites, its variable under observation, and instrumentation (DEIMS-SDR),
- Surveying members in respect of their readiness to contribute site and data catalogue information into a federated data structure,
- Linking ILTER to international initiatives such as GEO, RDA, and others.
The IMS provides an opportunity for networks to exchange data management knowledge and approaches.
IMC Work Program
- Finalisation of a roadmap – short term
- Liaison with GEO
- Policy and Licensing Guidance
- Site model alignment, tagging specification
- DEIMS API (Application Programming Interface)
- Vocabulary Services and Brokering Registry
- Survey of member network e-infrastructure
- API integration with test networks (eLTER, TERN Australia, ...)
- Framework and guidelines – medium term
Chair of the IMC
South African Environment Observation Network
UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology
Gifu University, Japan
Florida International University, USA
Environment Agency Austria
Environment Agency Austria
National Research Council of Italy