Metadata and Semantic Research

Volume 108 of the series Communications in Computer and Information Science pp 18-35

Case Studies of Ecological Integrative Information Systems: The Luquillo and Sevilleta Information Management Systems

  • Inigo San GilAffiliated withLTER Network Office, University of New Mexico
  • , Marshall WhiteAffiliated withLTER Network Office, University of New Mexico
  • , Eda MelendezAffiliated withLuquillo Experimental Forest LTER, University of Puerto Rico
  • , Kristin VanderbiltAffiliated withSevilleta LTER, University of New Mexico

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The thirty-year-old United States Long Term Ecological Research Network has developed extensive metadata to document their scientific data. Standard and interoperable metadata is a core component of the data-driven analytical solutions developed by this research network Content management systems offer an affordable solution for rapid deployment of metadata centered information management systems. We developed a customized integrative metadata management system based on the Drupal content management system technology. Building on knowledge and experience with the Sevilleta and Luquillo Long Term Ecological Research sites, we successfully deployed the first two medium-scale customized prototypes. In this paper, we describe the vision behind our Drupal based information management instances, and list the features offered through these Drupal based systems. We also outline the plans to expand the information services offered through these metadata centered management systems. We will conclude with the growing list of participants deploying similar instances.


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