The north temperate lakes research information management system
The North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research (NTL-LTER) project has been performing research on the long-term ecology of lakes in Wisconsin since 1981. Data and information management is an integral part of the research. The NTL-LTER data and information system is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research. From the design of data collection, to incorporation in a centralized database, to analyses, we focus on the linkages among the components of the ecosystems we are studying. Primary goals of the information management system are to (1) create information which facilitates linkages among diverse data sets and (2) maintain database integrity. To implement these goals, we have moved our database to a client/server environment to provide researchers with the powerful search and linkage capabilities of a relational database together with end-user query tools for simple, direct access.
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
Lake Buena Vista, Florida