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Title Implementing ProjectDB at the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER
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Two LTER workshops were convened in 2008-2009 to plan and develop ProjectDB, a cross-site research project description language and database. The first workshop brought together a diverse group of LTER Information Managers to define the scope and use cases for the database (Walsh and Downing, 2008; O'Brien, 2009). A second workshop was convened in April 2009, where a smaller group developed an XML schema for storing the targeted project information (lter-project-2.1.0, based on eml-project) and prototyped XQuery-based web services using eXist, a native XML database system (Gries et al., 2009; Sheldon, 2009). The ProjectDB effort was very effective and serves as a model for collaborative software design in LTER; however, design is not the end-point in the software development process. This article describes taking ProjectDB to the next level at the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER site (GCE), by putting the schema and database into production and integrating it with the rest of our information system.

Contributor Wade M. Sheldon

Sheldon, W.M. Jr. 2010. Implementing ProjectDB at the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER. In: LTER Databits - Information Management Newsletter of the Long Term Ecological Research Network: Fall 2010. Long Term Ecological Research Network, Albuquerque, NM.

Key Words database, LTER-IMC, metadata, ProjectDB, xml
File Date 2010
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. 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.