Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research Site


Site Resources:






School Yard

Links to other LTER sites

Weather Station
(Field House Web Site)

PIE LTER Brochure

"PIE LTER Data Policies and Protocols"

Go to: Description of Data and Information Management for a description of PIE information management.

Policy for Data Availability

The PIE LTER strives to make available to the public data collected by the project as well as other important long-term data. It is recognized that researchers have an obligation to contribute all LTER funded data to the PIE-LTER database and to publish the data in a timely fashion. It is also recognized that investigators must have reasonable opportunity to have first use of data they have collected (see Data Access Policy for the LTER Network).

PIE-LTER data and meta-data documentation are available for on-line access soon after data-processing and documentation are complete. The availability status for data-sets are defined as follows:

Type 1. Data that is freely available within 1-2 years with minimal restrictions

Type 2. Exceptional data sets that are available only with written permission from the PI/investigator(s).

Instructions and Files for Submitting Data

LTER data files should be submitted using the Excel Metadata spreadsheet template and the resulting file should be submitted to the PIE LTER Information Manager. The template contains explicit instructions often cell by cell which is helpful for filling out the form.
Download the PIE LTER Excel Metadata spreadsheet template here: PIE LTER Excel Metadata Template. Save edited Excel Metadata file as Excel 97-2003 Workbook (*.xls).
See File Naming and Site Name Protocol for instructions on how to name data files and research site names.

Currently PIE GIS metadata follows FGDC and requires the use of a MS Word template for either ArcGIS or IDRISI based FGDC metadata.
Download ArcGIS based MS Word FGDC metadata template
Download IDRISI based MS Word FGDC metadata template

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #OCE-9726921, #OCE-0423565, #OCE-1058747, #OCE-1238212. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.