Coweeta LTER Launches New Website

The Coweeta LTER is pleased to announce the launch of our new website. The new site is the result of a year-long collaborative development effort involving the Coweeta LTER, the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems (GCE) LTER, and the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Wade Sheldon, the GCE Information Manager, shared several of his database applications and, with his consulting expertise, Coweeta adapted them to help to power the new website. Carrie Bishop and Melissa Gay of the CTL provided graphic design and site layout support.

Below you will find a complete list of new features and new content, as well notes on upgrades that are planned for the future. Please take a moment to look around! If you have any questions, please email our Information Manager, John Chamblee.

New Features:

New Publication Catalog: We have adapted the GCE Biblio database application and can now provide a bibliographic search tool that includes searching by keywords, authors, titles, dates and content type. This system uniquely identifies all investigators (so that we can distinguish James Wallace from Bruce Wallace, for example) and outputs bibliographic information in HTML, text, or even EndNote Format.

Publication Catalog:  http://coweeta.uga.edu/dbpublic/biblio_query.asp

New Personnel Directory: This directory provides information an all active LTER investigators at the Adminstrative, PI, Staff, and Student levels. It also provides us the ability to recognize and include our partners in other organizations. Every member and partner has a full profile, which they may populate by contacting the Information Manager (cwtim@uga.edu).

directory: http://coweeta.uga.edu/dbpublic/personnel.asp

a complete profile: http://coweeta.uga.edu/dbpublic/personnel_bios.asp?id=tgragson

New Data Catalog: We have adapted the GCE Metabase Application to allow researchers to provide full documentation of their data sets, including all metadata needed to provide EML suitable to allow data set ingestion into the LTER Network Office's Network Information System (NIS). The Data Catalog also provides information and KML downloads that detail the location where research takes place. We are still in the process of populating the Data Catalog, so an improved version of our Legacy Data Catalog is also available.

data catalog: http://cwt-dev.anthro.uga.edu/dbpublic/data_catalog.asp

sample data catalog entry: http://coweeta.uga.edu/dbpublic/dataset_details.asp?accession=CWT_B_11221994B

News & Calendar pages: We now have three calendars. One calendar will track general events related to the LTER, another will track field activities and a third will track IM activity.  Since the applications use Google Calendars, you can download items from the Calendar page to your own calendar application. We also have a new blog page that will allow us to easily keep our investigators and the public apprised of recent developments at Coweeta. You can submit requests for calendar or news entries to the Information Manager (cwtim@uga.edu) or the Site Manager (cwtsm@uga.edu).

calendar: http://coweeta.uga.edu/news/calendar

news: http://coweeta.uga.edu/news

A Knowledge Base: For many years, Coweeta Investigators have accumulated technical knowledge on everything from the collection of leaf litter samples, to the processing of stream chemistry, to maintenance of network and the printing and archiving of theses and dissertations. We now maintain an on-line "Knowledge Base" which serves as a living, easily editable repository for our collective institutional memory of the technical details behind our work. If you wish to add an entry to the Knowledge Base, please contact the Information Manager (cwtim@uga.edu).

knowledgebase: http://coweetagis.anthro.uga.edu/cwt_kb/

Teleconferencing: The Sustainable Human Ecosystems Teleconferencing Room (SHELTR) is a state-of-the-art meeting and small classroom space. SHELTR provides seating for eight, a Power Mac Desktop computer with bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and two 40" LCD monitors. The machine runs any OS X application, and, thanks to a VMWare Fusion installation, supports many Microsoft Windows programs. Facilities also include a high quality, echo-canceling dedicated speakerphone and a webcam. Voice Over IP (VOIP) capabilities are available through a noise canceling portable USB microphone and wall mounted speakers. At present teleconferencing services are provided through a Coweeta LTER subscription to GoToMeeting. This program provides screen-sharing, VOIP, and conference call bridging for participants from up to 16 separate locations.

teleconferencing: http://coweeta.uga.edu/teleconferencing

A Collaborative Blog For Socio-Ecological Research: Ideas and Literature for Southern Appalachian Social Science, or ILSASS Place, is a tiered-level access Wordpress blog that furthers collaborative investigations into coupled human and natural systems by providing researchers a private on-line environment for developing and sharing collective research products.

socio-ecological science blog: http://coweetagis.anthro.uga.edu/ilsass_place/

New Content:

Pages for Researchers and Graduate Students: New researchers and incoming graduate students may find working in an LTER intimidating, in part due to the large number of "moving parts" that exist in the organization. We now provide up-to-date pages that link to many of the most frequently used resources on the website.

for researchers: http://coweeta.uga.edu/researchers

for graduate students: http://coweeta.uga.edu/graduatestudents

Policy Pages: Over the last several years, many of the work rules and traditions that have kept Coweeta going have coalesced into formal policies. For clarity and ease of access, these policies are now collected in a single set of pages on our web site. All Coweeta Policies reflect compliance with policies set forth by the National Science Foundation and Best Practices Rules and Guidelines set for the by the LTER Network Office.

policies: http://coweeta.uga.edu/policies/overview

Information Management: In January of 2011, the National Science Foundation implemented a data management plan requirement for all newly funded proposals. This policy requires that investigators play a greater role information management than ever before. To facilitate investigator involvement and ensure that data are made available in accordance with NSF policies while minimizing investigator transaction costs, we have developed and Information Management Guide that will walk researchers through the process of preparing their data. As the IM Guide states, researchers are encouraged to talk with the Information Manager early in the research planning process.

im guide: http://coweeta.uga.edu/informationmanagement/facilitiesandgeneralpolicies

Upcoming Features:

In the coming weeks, we will present several new pages that highlight our research and tie specific initiatives to their supporting data and publications. Coweeta IM Staff will continue adding new data sets and research sites to our new data catalog and will continue migrating existing data sets from our older catalog. We will also be providing an easier-to-use portal for accessing GIS data. Finally, thanks to an ongoing collaborative effort involving all Coweeta Investigators and Staff, we will present several new pages that highlight our research and tie specific initiatives to their supporting data and publications.