Site Metadata Model version 1.0

The research site metadata model (RSMM) describe the metadata elements to describe the concept Research site. It is based on requirements defined by the target stakeholder groups. The document is based on previous versions of the MD element description and includes updated information on the metadata model. The user requirements for the content were include MD elements from Ecological Metadata Language (EML) metadata specification, version 2.1.1. Long term ecosystem research (LTER) focused on the EML metadata standard (stemming from the US LTER activities) but extended the site description by additional elements.
The Research Site is the basis for the collection of meta information about the sites used to provide information on the network of sites in LTER Europe and related projects (e.g. EnvEurope or ExpeER). The metadata schemata is based on the initial metadata schemata of LTER Europe and adapted to the needs of EnvEurope after discussions within the project.
The RSMM still needs to be aligned with the data specification of the INSPIRE data theme Environmental Monitoring Facilities (EF). Initial mapping was done within the EnvEurope project showing the basic overall complinance. Transformation rules (e.g. XSLT) still needs to be provided.

Version 2014-10-21


Figure: UML class diagram of the RSMM - CLICK to open full image


Definition of terms

LTER Site ('traditional' LTER site; Long-Term Ecosystem Research): LTER-facility of limited size (up to 10 km²) and comprising mainly one habitat type and form of land use. Activities concentrate on small-scale ecosystem processes and structures (biogeochemistry, selected taxonomic groups, primary production, disturbances etc.). There are often unique long-term datasets associated with LTER sites. For further details see the definition at the LTER Europe website.

LTSER Platform (Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research): Modular LTER-facility consisting of sites which are located in an area with defined boundaries. Besides this physical component, LTSER-Platforms provide multiple services like the networking of client groups (e.g. research, local stakeholders), data management, communication and representation (management component). The elements of LTSER Platforms represent the main habitats, land use forms and practices relevant for the broader region (up to 10000 km²) and cover all scales and levels relevant for LTSER (from local to landscape). LTSER-Platforms should represent economic and social units or coincide/overlap with such units where adequate information on land use history, economy and demography is available to allow for socio-ecological research. For further details see the definition at the LTER Europe website.


NAME AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION

1. SITE NAME
Element 1.1 Site name
Definition Name idendifying the research site (e.g LTER Site or LTSER Platform).
Recommendation & Hints The site name should be concise and precisely, e.g. by a given named place. It should not contain unexplained acronyms or abbreviations. It is recommended a maximum length of 200 characters and keeping the similarity with the ‘official naming’ established in the community.
Format Text(255)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example Zöbelboden_LTER_IM_master_site (ICP_IM_AT01)
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2. SITE CODE
Element 2.1 Site code
Definition Unique alpha-numeric identifier for the research site (e.g. LTER Site or LTSER Platform) within the DEIMS ecosystem research site registry. The site code is composed of a network idendification, a country identification and a sequential number following the template [Network]_[Country]_[SequentialNumber]. The site code is defined by the responsible network coordinators (e.g. national LTER network representative) and should be provided to the site manager.
Recommendation & Hints The Site code as unique alpha-numeric identifier is composed of a network identification, a country identification and a sequential number. For LTER-Europe, the template is : LTER_EU_XX_YY(Y); For East Asia-Pacific: LTER_AP_XX_YY(Y); for North America: LTER_NAM_XX_YY(Y); for South America: LTER_SAM_XX_YY(Y); for Southern Africa: LTER_SAF_XX_YY(Y); where XX is the 2-letter ISO country code and YY(Y) represents a sequential number. Use (Y) for a subsite. Please make sure that the number is not used for any site in your country. For example: LTER_EU_AT_001. For other networks than LTER a different prefix for the network identification is used. If you are part of the Critical Zones or Soiltrek Network, then the format for your code is: CZO_EU_XX_YY(Y); where XX is the 2-letter country code and YY(Y) represents a number. For example: CZO_FR_01 or RBV_FR_100.
Format Text(64)
Multiplicity [1] - Single and mandatory element
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example LTER_EU_AT_003
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Comment The 'Site code' should be provided and verified by the national or regional network manager (e.g. LTER Europe). If during the process of entering the research site metadata the site code is not provided by the responsible network manager the next sequential number for the research site is used. The 'Site code' is than changed by the network manager during the acceptance process of the application of the research site.

3. GENERAL SITE DESCRIPTION
Element 3.1 General site description
3.2 Image of site
Definition A short textual description of the research site or platform which includes the location, biophysical characteristics, a brief history, the main scientific purpose at present and major plans for future, a brief overall description of infrastructure, and a brief overall description of available data/information. In addition the data type 'General site description' includes an image for the research site showing a characteristic situation at the research site.
Recommendation & Hints Please provide a short site description which could also be used on the web site. This description should cover: a brief history of the LTER Site or LTSER Platform, the main scientific purpose at present and major plans for future, a brief overall description of infrastructure, and a brief overall description of available data/information.
In addition please provide an image showing a characteristic situation at the research site. Please select the file from a directory and press the 'UPLOAD' button to upload the image to DEIMS. The formats can be png, jpg, jpeg or gif.
Format 3.1 Text
3.2 Image (jpg)
Multiplicity Data type [1]
3.1 [1]
3.2 [0..1]
Status LTER Europe 3.1 mandatory
3.2 optional, but recommended
Status ILTER 3.1 mandatory
3.2 optional, but recommended
Example The Zöbelboden was established in 1992 as the only Integrated Monitoring station in Austria under the UN Convention on long-range transboundary air pollution (CLRTAP). In 2006 it became part of LTER Austria. The Zöbelboden covers a small forested catchment (90 ha) of a karstic mountain range (500 to 950 m above sea level) in the Kalkalpen national park. Monitoroing and research is focussing on air pollution effects on forested catchments and its interaction with climate change. The Zöbelboden represents one of the best known karst catchments in Europe with long-term data series of the major components of its ecosystems. The Zöbelboden is managed by the Umweltbundesamt GmbH. Sampling of chemical specimen is done by local staff. Chemical analyses are carried out by the laboratory of the Umweltbundesamt in Vienna. All data and metadata from monitoring and research projects are stored in a semantically structured database.
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4. PARENT SITE CODE
Element 4.1 Parent site code
Definition Reference to the parent LTSER Platform in which the research site is located. The relation could either be a spatial or thematic.
Recommendation & Hints Please provide the reference (Site code) to the LTSER Platform in which the research site is located.
Format Reference to Site code or content type Research site
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory, if applicable
Status ILTER optional
Example LTER_EU_AT_001
Reference List see content type RESEARCH SITE

5. SUB SITE CODE
Element 5.1 Sub site code
Definition Reference to the child elements of a LTSER Platform. The relation could either be a spatial or thematic.
Recommendation & Hints Please provide the reference to the research sites (by Site code)which belong to the LTSER Platform.
Format Reference to Site code or content type Research site
Multiplicity [0..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory, if applicable
Status ILTER optional
Example LTER_EU_AT_003
LTER_EU_AT_004
etc.
Reference List see RESEARCH SITE content type

6. COUNTRY
Element 6.1 Country
Definition Country in which the research site is located.
Recommendation & Hints Please select a country from thre reference list. It describes in which country the research site is located, even if the national network is located in another country.
Format Reference list
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example Austria
Reference List location_get_iso3166_list()
https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#home

7. ONLINE INFORMATION
Element 7.1 Web adress title
7.2 Web adress URL
Definition Link to website which provides a description and further information about the research site. The web adress is composed of the web link (7.2) and a title (7.1) which is shown.
Recommendation & Hints 7.1 Web adress title - provide a human readable title for the website.
7.2 Web adress URL - provide a URL (http://... or https://...)
Format 7.1 Web adress title - text
7.2 Web adress URL - weblink
Multiplicity [0..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example http://www.umweltbundesamt.at/umwelt/luft/messnetz/zoebelboden/
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SITE CONTACT DETAILS

8. SITE CONTACT
Element 8.1 Contact site management
Definition Reference to the contact person responsible for the research site. The person could be either the principal investigator (PI, co-PI), the information manager (IM), the site manager (SM) or a technician (TE). The details for the person/organisation needs to be specified in the persons module (PEMM).
Recommendation & Hints Please provide the reference (Person) to the person responsible for the research site. Please start typing the name of the person. If the person is not in the list, please add first the person/organisation in the Person MD Edit Form.
Format Reference to content type PERSON
Multiplicity [1] - Single and mandatory element
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example Dirnböck, Thomas
Reference List Reference to content type PERSON

9. SITE OWNING INSTITUTION
Element 9.1 Contact site owner
Definition Reference to the contact person/organisation owning the research site. The details for the person/organisaton needs to be specified in the persons module (PEMM).
Recommendation & Hints Please provide the reference (Person) to the person responsible for the research site. Please start typing the name of the person. If the person is not in the list, please add first the person/organisation in the Person MD Edit Form.
Format Reference to PERSON
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Mirtl, Michael
Reference List Reference to PERSON

10. RESPONSIBLE NATIONAL AUTHORITY
Element 10.1 Contact responsible national authority
Definition Reference to the contact person/organisation or the responisible national authority for funding and strategic decisions about the research site. This could be e.g. the Ministry of Science as responsible national authority. The details for the person/organisaton needs to be specified in the persons module (PEMM).
Recommendation & Hints Please provide the reference to the person/organisation responsible for the research site. Please start typing the name of the person. If the person is not in the list, please add first the person/organisation in the Person MD Edit Form.
Format Reference to PERSON
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Mustermann, Max
Reference List Reference to PERSON

METADATA DETAILS

11. METADATA PROVIDER
Element 11.1 Metadata provider
Definition Provides the full name of person(s), who created the documentation for the research site. The details for the organisaton needs to be specified in the persons module (PMM).
Recommendation & Hints By typing the name of a person, the system provides a list of people matching the query. If none available, it's strongly recommended to first create a person metadata using the editing form available and then return back to dataset metadata definition.
Format Reference to PERSON
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Peterseil, Johannes
Reference List Reference to PERSON

12. DATASET METADATA DATE
Element(s) 12.1 Date
Definition Provides date of metadata creation or last update.
Recommendations & Hints Initially defined as the current date stamp value for the metadata creation or later as update. An update date can be typed as YYYY-MM-DD of taken from the pop-up calendar.
Format Date as YYYY-MM-DD
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 2014-12-18
Reference List n/a

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS, PURPOSE, HISTORY

13. SITE STATUS
Element(s) 13.1 Site status
13.2 Year site established
13.3 Year site closed
Definition The site status describes the current status of the research site, e.g. if it is planned or already existing. The site status is composed of the status value, the year of establishment of the site and in case the year when the site was closed.
Recommendations & Hints Select the current status of the research site from the list of values and provide beginning and end time of the operation of the research site. In case the research site is still operating the end time is kept blank. As year of site establishment select the year when substential data was obtained and the operational period of the research site started.
Format 13.1 Site status - reference list
13.2 Year site establishment - Date as YYYY
13.3 Year site closed - Date as YYYY
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 13.1 existing
13.2 1992
13.3 null
Reference List
  • n/a - not known
  • preliminary - research site is planned or under construction. no relevant data exist
  • existing - research site exists and data are obtained
  • abandoned - research site is abandoned and only historic data exist

14. SIZE
Element(s) 14.1 Size
Definition Size of the research site in hectare (ha). The size refers to the the boundary of the catchment, the observed area or the relevant area for extrapolation dependend on the observed ecosystem type (e.g. forest, lake, rivers).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the size of the research site in hectares. 1 hectare = 1 square kilometer /100 OR hectares = square kilometers X 100. The estimation of the size refers to the observed area of the research site. This could be the catachment area, the observed area or the relevant area for extrapolation depending on the observed ecosystem type (e.g. forest, lake, glacier).
Format Float(Double)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example 90.5
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15. PURPOSE
Element(s) 15.1 Purpose of the site
Definition Description of the monitoring or research objectives of the research site, e.g. including the legal framework (e.g. UN-ECE CLTRAP, national monitoring programme) for the observation or experimental site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a short description that summarises the purpose of the research site.
Format Text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Zöbelboden was established in 1992 as the Austrian Integrated Monitoring station under the UN Convention on long-range trans-boundary air pollution (CLRTAP). In 2006 it became part of LTER Austria, the national LTER network. LTER Zöbelboden covers a small forested catchment (90 ha) of a karstic mountain range in the Kalkalpen national park. Today, LTER Zöbelboden represents one of the best known karst catchments in Europe with long-term data series of the major components of its ecosystems. Researchers from across Austria and Europe use the site for their studies when long-term data, expensive infrastructure or complex research logistics are on demand. Objectives of the project LTER Zöbelboden is a small, well definable catchment of 90 ha in a Europe-wide network of investigated areas. Material inputs, pollutants and nutrients via air and precipitation are measured as well as their effects on the ecosystem. Their behavior within the ecosystem is determined in a comprehensive manner. With standardized methods the long-term development of the ecosystem is studied. Outputs through surface waters and into groundwater are determined. The data is used to reveal long-term trends of ecosystem functions and services which they provide as affected by air pollution and climate change.
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16. HISTORY
Element(s) 16.1 History of the site
Definition Textual description of the history of the research site, e.g. changing monitoring or research objectives.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a short description that summarises the history of the research site.
Format Text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Zöbelboden was established in 1992 as the Austrian Integrated Monitoring station under the UN Convention on long-range trans-boundary air pollution (CLRTAP). In 2006 it became part of LTER Austria, the national LTER network. LTER Zöbelboden covers a small forested catchment (90 ha) of a karstic mountain range in the Kalkalpen national park. Today, LTER Zöbelboden represents one of the best known karst catchments in Europe with long-term data series of the major components of its ecosystems.
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17. RESEARCH TOPIC
Element(s) 17.1 Research topic
Definition Description of the research, experimentation or observation focus of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please indicate the research topics tackled at the research site. Please record every research topic for the site platform in one line. More than one entry is possible.
Format Text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Athropods
Reference List Taxonomy Research Topics
  • Agriculture
  • Alpine ecology
  • Arctic ecology
  • ...

18. SITE PARAMETERS
Element(s) 18.1 Parameters
Definition Description of the observed parameters and parameter groups at the research site. The parameter is defined as property of the ecosystem or a ecosystem compartment which can be observed either by sensors or humans, e.g. pH, species number, radiation.
Recommendations & Hints Please indicate the parameters observed at the research site. Please record every parameter for the site platform in one line. More than one entry is possible.
Format Text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example pH
Reference List
  • ...
  • Biodiversity
  • - Biodiversity of animals
  • - Biodiversity of microbes
  • - Biodiversity of plants
  • - Biodiversity, overal
  • - Biodiversity, genetic
  • Biomass
  • - Biomass, aquatic
  • - Biomass, terrestrial
  • ...

SITE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

19. SITE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES
Element(s) 19.1 Site boundaries map
Definition Deliniation of the site boundaries.
Recommendations & Hints Please delineate the site boundaries on the map. More than one can be drawn.
Format WKT map
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example map
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20. SITE GEOGRAPHIC CENTER COORDINATES
Element(s) 20.1 Center coordinates
- 20.1.1 Latitude
- 20.1.2 Longitude
Definition This is the location of the research site in the geographic space, given as a center coordinates expressed in latitude and longitude in decimal degrees (projection EPSG:4258 ETRS89 for Europe, EPSG:4326 WGS84 for outside Europe).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the center coordinates of the research site in decimal degrees
Format Number(decimal) for each center coordinate, format XX.XXXXXX
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example 20.1.1 Latitude: 46.00936
20.1.1 Longitude: 8.56796
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21. SITE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDING COORDINATES
Element(s) 21.1 Bounding coordinates
- 21.1.1 North bound coordinate
- 21.1.2 South bound coordinate
- 21.1.3 West bound coordinate
- 21.1.4 East bound coordinate
Definition This is the extent of the reserch site in the geographic space, given as a bounding box. Defining the coordinates of a boundary rectangle representing the reserch site area on a map allows the discovery by geographical area. It consists of: Northern bound coordinate of the limit of the dataset extent, expressed in latitude in decimal degrees (positive north), Southern bound coordinate of the limit of the research site extent, expressed in latitude in decimal degrees (positive north), Western bound coordinate of the limit of the research site extent, expressed in longitude in decimal degrees (positive east) and Eastern bound coordinate of the limit of the research site extent, expressed in longitude in decimal degrees (positive east).
Recommendations & Hints The bounding box shall be as small as possible and shall be expressed in decimal degree with a precision of at least two decimals. The coordinates of the bounding boxes shall be expressed in any geodetic coordinate reference system with the Greenwich Prime Meridian. You can define bounding box either by drawing a polygon on a map or inserting manually the bounding coordinates. To activate drawing functionality and to (move, delete, reshape) use the editing toolbar in the right top corner of the map.
Format WKT and decimal for each bound coordinate
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example North: 46.00936
South: 45.89765
West: 8.56796
East: 8.71765
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22. DATASET GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDING ALTITUDES OR DEPTHS
Element(s) 22.1 Minimum altitude
22.2 Maximum altitude
22.3 Average altitude
Definition This metadata provides bounding altitudes for the bounding box of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints This element consists of two numbers (minimum and maximum altitudes) and the average altitude defining height above or below the sea level. As a default vertical coordinate reference system of bounding altitudes is used Mean sea level height (EPSG: 5714).
Format Number(decimal) in [m a.s.l.]
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe 22.1 mandatory
22.2 mandatory
22.3 mandatory
Status ILTER 22.1 optional
22.2 optional
22.3 mandatory
Example Minimum altitude: 220
Maximum altitude: 226
Average altitude: 223
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23. SHAPEFILE
Element(s) 23.1 Shapefile
Definition Shapefile representing the boundaries of the research site using the geographic projections ETRS89 (EPSG:4258) for within Europe and WGS84 (EPSG:4326) for outside Europe.
Recommendations & Hints Please upload the zipped shapefile with geographic projection (Europe: ETRS89 (EPSG:4258), outside Europe WGS84 (EPSG:4326)).
Format binary - zipped shapefile
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional, but recommended
Status ILTER optional
Example Zöbeldoben_ETRS89.zip
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ECOSYSTEM AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

ABIOTIC CHARACTERISTICS

24. TEMPERATURE
Element(s) 24.1 Mean annual temperature
24.2 Annual minimum temperature
24.3 Annual maximum temperature
Definition Temperature characteristics of the research site. The temperature characteristics is composed of the mean annual temperature, the monthly average of the coldest month (January) as the annual minimum temperature and the average of the hottest month (July) as the annual maximum temperature. The mean, maximum and minimum values should be calculated on a climatic period (e.g. 10 or 30 years) based on data from the research site or a near comparable climatic station.The temperature is given in [°C].
Recommendations & Hints This element consists of three values (annual average, minimum and maximum) of the air temperature. If possible site data should be used to calculate the mean, minimum and maximum air temperature based on a 10 or 30 years period. If no long term site data are available please use data or values from a comparable climatic station near to the research site.
Format numeric(double) in [°C]
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 24.1 mandatory
24.2 optional
24.3 optional
Status ILTER 24.1 mandatory
24.2 optional
24.3 optional
Example Mean annual temperature [°C]: 7.2
Minimum annual temperature [°C]: -12.6
Maximum annual temperature [°C]: 28.3
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25. PRECIPITATION
Element(s) 25.1 Sum annual precipitation
25.2 Annual minimum precipitation
25.3 Annual maximum precipitation
Definition Precipitation characteristics of the research site. The precipitation characteristics is composed of the total annual precipitation (sum), the long term average of the dryest months with the lowest precipitation (based on the monthly sum of precipitation) as the annual minimum precipitation and the long term average of the wettest months with the highest precipitation (based on the montly sum precipitation) as the annual maximum precipitation. The mean, maximum and minimum values should be calculated on a climatic period (e.g. 10 or 30 years) based on data from the research site or a near comparable climatic station.The precipitation is given in [mm].
Recommendations & Hints This element consists of three values (annual average, minimum and maximum) of the precipitation. If possible site data should be used to calculate the mean, minimum and maximum precipitation based on a 10 or 30 years data period. If no long term site data are available please use data or values from a comparable climatic station near to the research site.
Format numeric(double) in [mm]
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe 25.1 mandatory
25.2 optional
25.3 optional
Status ILTER 25.1 mandatory
25.2 optional
25.3 optional
Example Sum annual precipitation [mm]: 980
Minimum annual precipitation [mm]: 25
Maximum annual precipitation [mm]: 350
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26. GEOLOGY
Element(s) 26.1 Geology
Definition Textual description of the geological characteristics of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a textual description of the geological situation of the research site (e.g. bed rock).
Format text
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The research site is characteristed by cristalline bed rock ...
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27. SOIL
Element(s) 27.1 Soil
Definition Textual description of the soil characteristics of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a textual description of the soils present at the research site (e.g. brown earth).
Format text
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The research site is characteristed by fertile brown soils with a high content of ...
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28. HYDROLOGY
Element(s) 28.1 Hydrology
Definition Textual description of the hydological characteristics of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a textual description of the hydrological characteristics at the research site (e.g. karst).
Format text
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The research site is characteristed by karst ...
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BIOTIC CHARACTERISTICS

29. VEGETATION
Element(s) 29.1 Vegetation
Definition Textual description of the vegetation characteristics of the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a textual description of the vegetation characteristics at the research site (e.g. beech forests).
Format text
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The research site is characteristed by beech forests ...
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30. BIOME
Element(s) 30.1 ILTER Biome
30.2 GEO-BON Biome
Definition Assignment of the main habitat type based on the ILTER Reference list for biomes as well as the GEO-BON reference list on biomes. Note: the list needs to be discussed in detail also on relation to the 'main ecosysten types'.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the main habitat type which is characterising the research site. Please select the values from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity 30.1 [1]
30.2 [0..1]
Status LTER Europe 30.1 mandatory
30.2 optional, but recommended
Status ILTER 30.1 mandatory
30.2 optional, but recommended
Example Mixed forest
Reference List 30.1 Reference 'ILTER Biome'
  • none
  • Agricultural
  • Alpine
  • Chaparral
  • Coastal
  • Deciduous Forest
  • Evergreen Forest
  • Mixed Forest
  • Desert
  • Desert-scrub
  • Fresh Water Lakes
  • Fresh Water Rivers
  • Grasslands
  • Marine
  • Rainforest
  • Savanna
  • Taiga
  • Tundra
  • Urban

30.2 Reference 'GEO-BON Biome'

  • unknown
  • Marine
  • Coastal
  • Fresh water Lakes
  • Fresh water rivers
  • Terrestrial

31. ECOSYSTEM TYPE
Element(s) 31.1 Dominant ecosystem type
31.2 Additional ecosystem type 1
31.3 Additional ecosystem type 2
Definition Assignment of the main habitat type based on list of main habitat types (or ecoregions) according to Olsen et al. 2001.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the main habitat type according to the list. Please select the values from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 31.1 mandatory
31.2 optional
31.3 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example Mixed forest
Reference List Reference list according to Olsen et al. 2001
  • 2.1|Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests
  • 2.2|Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests
  • 2.3|Tropical and subtropical coniferous forests
  • 2.4|Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
  • 2.5|Temperate coniferous forests
  • 2.6|Boreal forests/taiga
  • 2.7|Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands
  • 2.8|Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands
  • 2.9|Flooded grasslands and savannas
  • 2.10|Montane grasslands and shrublands
  • 2.11|Tundra
  • 2.12|Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub
  • 2.13|Deserts and xeric shrublands
  • 2.14|Mangroves
  • 3.1|Large rivers
  • 3.2|Large river headwaters
  • 3.3|Large river deltas
  • 3.4|Small rivers
  • 3.5|Large lakes
  • 3.6|Small lakes
  • 3.7|Xeric basins
  • 4.1|Polar
  • 4.2|Temperate shelfs and seas
  • 4.3|Temperate upwelling
  • 4.4|Tropical upwelling
  • 4.5|Tropical coral
Comments The classification and the cardinality needs to be discussed. used for a global assessment of the main habitat types.

32. HABITAT TYPE
Element(s) 32.1 Habitat type
Definition Assignment of the habitat type based on the EEA, EUNIS Habitat types. Only the levels 1-3 are used.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the habitat type according to the list. Please select the values from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example I1.1 Intensive unmixed crops
Reference List EEA, EUNIS Habitat types
note: used levels 1-3, example level 1
  • A. Marine habitats
  • B. Coastal habitats
  • C. Inland surface waters
  • D. Mires, bogs and fens
  • E. Grasslands and lands dominated by forbs, mosses or lichens
  • F. Heathland, scrub and tundra
  • G. Woodland, forest and other wooded land
  • H. Inland unvegetated or sparsely vegetated habitats
  • I. Regularly or recently cultivated agricultural, horticultural and domestic habitats
  • J. Constructed, industrial and other artificial habitats
  • X. Habitat complexes
Comments The EUNIS classification is only applicable for European research sites. Discussion on the level of entries which should be used

ECOREGION

33. BIOGEOGRAPHIC REGION
Element(s) 33.1 Biogeographic region
Definition Assignment of the research site to a biogeographic region (EEA, 2002) based on the spatial location and the site characteristics.
Map: Biogegraphic regions of Europe (EEA 2012).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the biogeographic region according to the list. Please select the values from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Continental
Reference List Biogeographic region (EEA, 2002)
  • Arctic
  • Boreal
  • Alpine
  • Anatolian
  • Atlantic
  • Black Sea
  • Continental
  • Macronesia
  • Mediterranean
  • Pannonian
  • Steppic
Comments Classification is focussing on European scale, an extension to global level needs to be discussed.

34. ENVIRONMENTAL ZONES
Element(s) 34.1 Environmental zones
Definition Assignment of the research site to a Environmental zone (Metzger et al. 2005) based on the spatial location and the site characteristics.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the environmental zone according to the list. Please select the values from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example Alpine north
Reference List Environmental zone (Metzger et al. 2005)
  • _unknown
  • Alpine North
  • Alpine South
  • Anatolian
  • Atlantic Central
  • Atlantic North
  • Boreal
  • Continental
  • Lusitanian
  • Mediterranean Mountain
  • Mediterranean North
  • Mediterranean South
  • Nemoral
  • Pannonian
Comments extension to global level needs to be evaluated

NETWORK AFFILIATION

ILTER AND LTER EUROPE

35. LTER NETWORK
Element(s) 35.1 National LTER network name
Definition Affiliation of the research site to a national LTER network (or related network).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide the environmental zone according to the list. Please select the values from the list.
Format Reference to content type 'ILTER national network'
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER mandatory
Example Austria (LTER-Austria)
Reference List Reference to content type 'ILTER national network'
Comments

36. NETWORK SPECIFIC IDENTIFIER
Element(s) 36.1 Identifier
Definition GUID
Recommendations & Hints -
Format GUID
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe -
Status ILTER -
Example -
Reference List -
Comments discussion needed. placeholder

37. DECLARATION STATUS
Element(s) 37.1 Declaration status (requested by site manager)
37.2 Declaration status (accredited by LTER Europe)
Definition The declaration status of a research site describes the current status of accreditation within the LTER/ILTER network. The declaration status is set by the network management level.
Recommendations & Hints Please select the declaration status from the list. If a research site wants to apply for a membership in the national LTER network, the declaration status is set to 'candidate LTER'. The network manager sets the status to 'formal LTER' after accredidation or to 'potential LTER' in case of denial.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Formal LTER/LTSER
Reference List Reference List 37.1 Declaration status (requested by site manager)
  • _unknown
  • Formal LTER/LTSER - application of LTER site or LTSER platform to be a "formal site" within the national (e.g. LTER Austria) or regional (e.g. LTER Europe) LTER network. In addition the LTER network is formally member of LTER Europe and the site or platform is listed in LTER Europe
  • Candidate LTER - application of LTER site or LTSER platform to be a "candidate site" within the national (e.g. LTER Austria) or regional (e.g. LTER Europe) LTER network. In addition the LTER network is formally member of LTER Europe and the site or platform is listed in LTER Europe
  • Potential LTER - application of LTER site or LTSER platform to be a "potential site" within the national (e.g. LTER Austria) or regional (e.g. LTER Europe) LTER network. In addition the LTER network is formally member of LTER Europe and the site or platform is listed in LTER Europe
Reference list Reference list 37.2 Declaration status (accredited by LTER Europe)
  • Accredited formal LTER Site/ LTSER Platform - the LTER Site or LTSER Platform is formally accredited to be member of the national and regional LTER network, e.g. LTER Austria and LTER Europe.
  • Accredited potential LTER Site/ LTSER Platform - the LTER Site or LTSER Platform was rejected to be a formal member of the national and regional LTER network, e.g. LTER Austria and LTER Europe, but is listed as potential member contributing to the network.
Comments -

38. SITE TYPE
Element(s) 38.1 Site type
Definition Type of the site of platform according to their inner heterogeneity. Simple sites are classical LTER sites measuring ecosystem processes in one or a very limited number of habitats. Complex sites are classical LTSER sites investigating processes and fluxes on a landscape or regional level or form the bracket over a number of LTER or simple sites.
Recommendations & Hints Please select the site type from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example LTSER Platform
Reference List
  • _unknown
  • LTSER Platform - observation region with up to 10.000km²
  • LTER Site - observation site with up to 10.000ha
    • Complex Site - more ecosystem types observed
    • Simple Site - one ecosystem type observed)
  • Sub Site - sub site within a research site, e.g. in case of a thematic site cluster of glacier sites, which are described as one entity
  • Plot - observation plot within a site

-

Comments -

39. SITE CLASSIFICATION
Element(s) 39.1 Site classification LTER Europe
39.2 Site classification ExpeER
Definition Metadata on LTER facilities in LTER Infobase have until 2010 been selected to reflect research topics (down to parameters), environmental zones, habitats etc. In one word: contents of research. Recent project proposals revealed the following information requirements relevant for e.g. multi-site projects or identification as major research infrastructure:
  • technical aspects of work at the sites (intervals of basic sampling, technical maintanence...)
  • basic infrastructure (power supply, all year access...)
  • technical equipment
  • data and IT infrastructure

The classification was adopted at the 7th LTER-Europe conference in Lodz. Site co-ordinators are asked to apply this overall classification to their sites, but also provide detailled metadata on the above categories in order to facilitate quick responses to specific information requests on the network level, e.g. which sites do have all year access AND power supply AND weekly sampling (see LTER Site Fact Sheet 2011 and onwards). According to technical aspects.

Recommendations & Hints Please select the site type from the list.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Master site
Reference List ad 39.1 Site classification LTER Europe
  • _unknown
  • MASTER SITE - (“top sites” or “super sites” or “LTER hubs” or “HIS=Highly Instrumeted Sites”; M-Site): Highly instrumented and permanently operated sites, featuring an ecosystem approach in terms of combining regular sampling (weekly as standard), permanent measurements and inventories at appropriate intervals across drivers and ecosystem compartments . Design of sites customized according the ecological profile of the site and enabling integrated analyses across system strata (geosphere to atmosphere) and covering therefore required spatial scales. Experimental approaches shall be existent or possible. All year access and power supply must be secured in order to enable e.g. measurement of climate data according to international standards. A maximum of other networks and/or related projects shall have been using this category of site (e.g. EMEP, CarboEurope, UNECE ICPs, national monitoring networks...). Operation for at least 10 years. The intention is to flag sites, which can be considered as key ecosystem research infrastructures on the European scale.
  • REGULAR SITE - (“regular LTER site; R-Site): In principle, these sites comply with the description of Master LTER Sites, but differ in volume of instrumentation as well as multi use and availability of long-term data across all ecosystem compartments and disciplines.
  • EMERGING SITE - recently established LTER Sites (3-5 years of observation) being developed towards a higher category
  • EXTENSIVE SITE - LTER Site with specific long-term monitoring and/or specific scientific foci and therefore not following the full ecosystem approach (e.g. for reasons of limited considered spatial scale). Extensive LTER Sites may emphasize the long-term monitoring (observation), but there must be an explicit research component.

ad 39.2 Site classification ExpeER

  • N/A - not applicable
  • Highly Instrumented Observational Site - HIOS
  • Highly Instrumented Observational and Experimental Site - HIOS/HIES
  • Highly Instrumented Experimental Site - HIES
  • Ecotron - ECOTRON
Comments -

40. NETWORKS (IN ADDITION TO LTER)
Element(s) 40.1 Networks (in addition to LTER)
40.2 Short name
Definition Description in which other (in addition to the LTER network) networks or projects the research site is listed. The informaton is composed of the name of the network (40.1) and the identifier of the research site within this network or project (40.2). This comprises global, international as well as national or regional networks and projects, if relevant.
The assignment of the network or project is based on the network or project abbreviation, e.g. EU-BON, EnvEurope, ExpeER or GLORIA, which is managed as extensible vocabulary. The short name is the abbreviation of the research site within this network or project.
Recommendations & Hints Network and project affiliation: Please select the site type from the list. Only networks in addition to the LTER network needs to be listed here. There are several levels: International (global), Regional (more than one country. Regional Networks may be specifically identified, for example, European), National (pertains only to one country or a part of one country). Enter other networks or projects to which your site does or did belong. If the research site is not assigned to another additional project or network, please select 'none'.
Short name: Enter either a site's short name or acronym or other site name. These fields can be used to provide names that have been used by the site in other networks or projects or are used for internal reference. Up to three can be entered. For example, in the US-LTER, the Virgina Coast Reserve site has an acronym of VCR.
Format 40.1 text
40.2 text
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Master site
Reference List ad 40.1 Vocabulary Networks
  • none
  • ALTER-Net
  • AMAP
  • CarboEurope
  • NitroEurope
  • EnvEurope
  • ExpeER
  • ...

ad 40.2 none

Comments -

PROTECTION STATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

41. PROTECTION PROGRAM
Element(s) 41.1 Protection program
41.2 Protection program cover
41.3 Protection program notes
Definition Description of the protection status of the research site. The information is composed of the protection program (41.1 e.g. IUCN National Park), the cover of protected areas within the research site (41.2) and additional notes on the protection (41.3). As each research site can be protected by different programs and therefore more than one values can be given.
Recommendations & Hints Please select the protection program and an estimate of the share of the protected area within the research site from the list of values. In addition textual notes can be given.
Format 41.1 Reference to the vocabulary Protection programs
41.2 text (LOV)
41.3 text
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe 41.1 mandatory
41.2 mandatory
41.3 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 41.1 IUCN Nat. Park
41.2 100%
41.3 ...
Reference List ad 41.1 Vocabulary Protection programs
  • none
  • IUCN Nat. Park
  • Natura 2000
  • RAMSAR
  • ...

ad 41.2 Reference list 'Protection program cover'

  • 0 - 25%
  • 25 - 50%
  • 50 - 75%
  • 75 - 100%

ad 41.3 none

Comments -

42. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES
Element(s) 42.1 Management of resources
42.2 Management of resources cover
42.3 Management of resources notes
Definition Description if resources (e.g. timber, game animal, etc.) are frequently and regularily used within the research site. This also includes agriculatural management if the research site is an agricultural landscape. The information is composed of the information on the existance of management efforts (42.1 e.g. yes), the cover of area which affected by management practises within the research site (42.2) and additional notes on the management (42.3), e.g. as the type of management.
Recommendations & Hints Please select if management activities are present at the research site and an estimate of the share of the area within the research site which is affected by the managment. In addition textual notes, e.g. on the type of management can be given.
Format 42.1 text (LOV)
42.2 text (LOV)
42.3 text
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe 42.1 mandatory
42.2 mandatory
42.3 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 42.1 yes
42.2 100%
42.3 timber harvest
Reference List ad 42.1 Reference list 'Management of resources'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

ad 42.2 Reference list 'Management of resources cover'

  • 0 - 25%
  • 25 - 50%
  • 50 - 75%
  • 75 - 100%

ad 42.3 none

Comments -

DESIGN AND SCALE OF SITE

43. OBSERVATION DESIGN
Element(s) 43.1 Scale of observation
43.2 Design of observation
Definition Description of the scale and design of the observations at the research site. The information is composed of the scale (43.1) of the observation as the spatial and thematic extent of the observation at the research site, e.g. if is adressing a complete catchment or sub-catchment as well as the design of the observation (43.2) as the main focus of the effort, being mainly observation or in addition experimental.
Recommendations & Hints Scale of observation: This adresses the spatial and thematic scope of the observation program at the site. Please select the most appropriate value from the list.
Design of observation: This adresses the importance of observations at the research site. Please select the most appropriate value from the list. Please also check the entries in the 44. Experimental design field.
Format 43.1 text (LOV)
43.2 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 43.1 entire catchment
43.2 only observation
Reference List ad 43.1 Reference 'Scale of observation'
  • _unknown
  • beyond catchment
  • entire catchment
  • sub-catchment within catchment
  • plot within catchment
  • plot without link to explicit catchment

ad 43.2 Reference 'Design of observation'

  • _unknown
  • no observation of natural environment
  • partly observation
  • mainly observation
  • only observation
Comments The information is linked to 44. Experimental design. The link needs to be discussed in the next release of the data model for the research site.

44. EXPERIMENTATION DESIGN
Element(s) 44.1 Scale of experimentation
44.2 Design of experimentation
Definition Description of the scale and design of the experimentation at the research site. The information is composed of the scale (44.1) of the experiments as the spatial and thematic extent of the observation at the research site, e.g. if is adressing a complete catchment or sub-catchment as well as the design of the experiments (44.2) as the main focus of the efforts, being mainly experimentatl or in addition observation.
Recommendations & Hints Scale of experiments: This adresses the spatial and thematic scope of the experiment program at the research site. Please select the most appropriate value from the list.
Design of experiments: This adresses the importance of experiments at the research site. Please select the most appropriate value from the list. Please also check the entries in the 43. Observation design field.
Format 44.1 text (LOV)
44.2 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 44.1 catchment scale
44.2 mainly experimentation
Reference List ad 44.1 Reference 'Scale of observation'
  • _unknown
  • beyond catchment scale
  • catchment scale
  • micro sites
  • plot scale
  • ecotron

ad 44.2 Reference 'Design of experimentation'

  • _unknown
  • no experimentation
  • partly experimentation
  • mainly experimentation
  • only experimentation
Comments The information is linked to 43. Observation design. The link needs to be discussed in the next release of the data model for the research site.

INFRASTRUCTURE, OPERATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT

INFRASTRUCTURE

This section contains the description of the metadata items contained in the INFRASTRUCTURE page of the LTER Europe Fact Sheet. This contains information about the infrastructure for the LTER Sites or LTSER Platforms and their availability. Please report for every requested infrastructure.

45. INFRASTRUCTURE VALUE
Element(s) 45.1 Infrastructure value
Definition The cumulative infrastructure value is the total sum of investments for infrastrucuture (e.g. buildings, roads, labs), instrumentation (e.g. devices, sensors) and other related costs (e.g. energy provision, land purchase) for the setup, establishment and operation of the research site since the establishment or the research site. It does not contain the yearly operation and maintenance costs. The cumulative infrastructure value is given in €.
Recommendations & Hints Please give an estimate on the cumulative infrastructure value (in €) of all investments for the setup and insturmentation of the research site since the establishment. This includes all kind of infrastructure existing at or belonging to the research site. If no historic values are available please make the estimation on the estimation of the current costs for setting up the current devices based on acutal costs.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 50-100 k
Reference List
  • _unknown
  • 0-50 k
  • 100-700 k
  • 50-100 k
  • 700-2000 k
  • 2000-5000 k
  • >5000 k
Comments

46. INFRASTRUCTURE NOTES
Element(s) 46.1 Infrastructure notes
Definition Additional textual description about the infrastructure present at the research site. This can contain additional information which are not covered by the other items.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide additional information on the infrastructure which are not covered by the other items.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The Zöbelboden covers a small forested catchment (90 ha) of a karstic mountain range in the Kalkalpen national park. Meteorological and air pollution monitoring is carried out at a clearing area (EMEP station; includes measurement of fog deposition) and on a tower (45 m height). Three intensive plots exist for the detailed measurement of element fluxes through the main forest types (bi-weekly to monthly analyses of deposition and soil water). Catchment runoff chemistry is measured at the main spring with a measuring weir (weekly analyses) and through irregular sampling at all other springs. Additional karst-hydrological measurements are in place in the main rivers surrounding the mountain range. On 64 permanent plots (regular 100 m grid) forest tree monitoring, ground vegetation and soil sampling is carried out (5 to 10 year interval). Additional permanent plots exist for forest floor vegetation, lichens, bryophytes and birds (3 to 10 year interval). The main stations (EMEP station, intensive plots, the hut) can be reached via a forest road with all year access (once a week in winter).The station has full power supply, a radio transfer of the data within the site and remote online access to the major devices.
Reference List none
Comments

47. ACCESS TO SITE
Element(s) 47.1 Accessible all year
47.2 All parts of Site Accessible
47.3 Access Type
47.4 Snow clearing Equipment
47.5 Snow Clearing Frequency
Definition The data type 'Access to site' describes the accessibilty of the research site throughout the year. The information is composed of the general information on the accessibility (47.1), the general information if all parts of the research site can be visted throughout the year (47.2) and the type of vehicle/device which is needed to reach the site (47.3). For terrestrial research sites in addition the availability of snow clear equipment (47.4) as well as the snow clearing frequency if needed (47.5) is provided.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide information on the accessibility of the resarch site throughout the year. The includes the general information on the accessibility (47.1), the general information if all parts of the research site can be visted throughout the year (47.2) and the type of vehicle/device which is needed to reach the site (47.3). For terrestrial research sites in addition please provide the availability of snow clear equipment (47.4) as well as the snow clearing frequency if needed (47.5).
Format 47.1 text (LOV)
47.2 text (LOV)
47.3 text (LOV)
47.4 text (LOV)
47.5 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 47.1 mandatory
47.2 optional
47.3 mandatory
47.4 mandatory
47.5 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 47.1 yes
47.2 yes
47.3 dirt road (4WD)
47.4 yes
47.5 weekly
Reference List 47.1 Reference list for 'Accessible all year'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

47.2 Reference list for 'All parts of Site Accessible'

  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

47.3 Reference list for 'Access type'

  • none
  • boat
  • dirt road (4WD)
  • paved road
  • regular car

47.4 Reference list for 'Snow clearing equipment'

  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

47.5 Reference list for 'Snow clearing frequency'

  • N/A
  • daily - every day during the winter time
  • weekly - at least once a week during the winter time
  • monthly - at least once a month during the winter time
Comments

48. PERMANENT POWER SUPPLY
Element(s) 48.1 Permanent Power Supply
48.2 Permanent Power Produced
48.3 Permanent Power Supply Location
Definition The data type 'Permanent power supply' describes the availability of permanent power at the research site. The information is composed of the general information on the availabilty (48.1) or power, the amount of permant power produced or available (48.2) and location of the production devices for the power (48.3). It provides a rough description on available power.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide information on the availability of permanent power at the resarch site throughout the year. The includes the general information on the availabilty (48.1) or power, the amount of permant power produced or available (48.2) and location of the production devices for the power (48.3).
Format 48.1 text (LOV)
48.2 text (LOV)
48.3 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 48.1 mandatory
48.2 optional
48.3 mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 48.1 yes
48.2 5-10kW
48.3 central station(s)
Reference List 48.1 Reference list for 'Permanent power supply'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

48.2 Reference list for 'Permanent power produced'

  • N/A
  • 0-1 kW
  • 1-5 kW
  • 5-10 kW
  • 10-100 kW
  • > 100 kW

48.3 Reference list for 'Permanent power supply location'

  • none
  • central station(s)
  • All over site/catchment
Comments

49. DATA TRANSMISSION
Element(s) 49.1 Data transmission within site
49.2 Data transmission within site type
49.3 Data transmission from site
49.4 Data transmission from site type
Definition The data type 'Data transmission' describes data transmission means within and from the research site. It is composed of the general information on the availability of automatic data transmission within and from the research site (49.1 and 49.2) and the type of data transmission within and from the research site (49.2 and 49.4).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide information data transmission within and from the research site.
Format 49.1 text (LOV)
49.2 text (LOV)
49.3 text (LOV)
49.4 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 49.1 mandatory
49.2 optional
49.3 mandatory
49.4 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 49.1 yes
49.2 radio transmission
49.3 yes
49.4 radio transmission
Reference List 49.1 Reference list for 'Data transmission within site'
49.3 Reference list for 'Data transmission from site'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

49.2 Reference list for 'Data transmission within site type'
49.4 Reference list for 'Data transmission from site type'

  • N/A
  • telephone line
  • GMS/UMTS
  • radio transmission
  • radio transmission system (repeaters, receivers, centralstation)
  • satellite
  • cable based
  • others
Comments

50. TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED CONTAINER
Element(s) 50.1 Temperature controlled container
Definition The data type describes the availability of a temperature controlled container at the research site for the installation of sensitive measurement devices and sensors. Temperature controlling must be available for the whole year (e.g. cooling in summer and heating in winter).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide information the availability of a temperature controlled container for the installation of temperature sensitive sensor and devices at the research site.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example yes
Reference List Reference list for 'Temperature controlled container'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no
Comments

51. MEASURING TOWER
Element(s) 51.1 Measureing tower
51.2 Measureing tower location
Definition The data type 'Measuring tower' describes availability of a measuring tower at the research site. It is composed of the general informaton on the existance of a measuring tower (51.1) and the top most location of measurement devices on the measuring tower (51.2).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton on the existance of a measuring tower (51.1) and on the top most location of measurement devices on the measuring tower (51.2)
Format 51.1 text (LOV)
51.2 text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 51.1 mandatory
51.2 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 51.1 yes
51.2 in canopy
Reference List 51.1 Reference list for 'Measuring tower'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no

51.2 Reference list for 'Measuring tower location'

  • N/A
  • in canopy
  • less than 10 m above canopy
  • more than 10 m above canopy
Comments

52. MARINE PLATFORM
Element(s) 52.1 Marine platform
Definition The data type describes the availability of a marine platform at the research site for the installation of measurement devices and sensors. Availability should be for the duration of the measuring season.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide information the availability of a marine platform for the installation of sensor and devices at the research site.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example yes
Reference List
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no
Comments

53. STAFF ROOM AND LODGING
Element(s) 53.1 Staff room
53.2 Lodging
53.3 Number of beds
Definition The data type 'Staff room and lodging' describes availability of a working space and lodging at the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton on the availability of staff room and beds at the research site.
Format 53.1 text (LOV)
53.2 text (LOV)
53.3 number
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 53.1 mandatory
53.2 mandatory
53.3 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 53.1 yes
53.2 yes
53.3 6
Reference List 53.1 Reference list for 'Staff room'
53.2 Reference list for 'Lodging'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no
Comments

OPERATION

54. OPERATION COSTS
Element(s) 54.1 Operation costs
Definition The yearly operation costs are the total sum of costs needed for the operation of the research site. This includes all costs of maintainance, energy consumption or land rent. It also includes cost for lab analysis of the permanent monitoring program. Cost for campaings are not included in the yearly opertion costs. The operation costs are given in €.
Recommendations & Hints please give an estimate on the yearly operational costs for the research site. This includes maintenance and operation of all kind of infrastructure existing at or belonging to the research site.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 50-100 k
Reference List
  • _unknown
  • 0-10 k
  • 10-30 k
  • 30-100 k
  • 100-300 k
  • 300-500 k
  • >500 k
Comments

55. OPERATION NOTES
Element(s) 55.1 Operation notes
Definition Additional textual description about the operation of the research site. This can contain additional information which are not covered by the other items.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide additional information on the operation of the infrastructure which are not covered by the other items.
Format text
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example The Zöbelboden is managed by the Umweltbundesamt GmbH. Sampling of chemical specimen is done by local staff of the Kalkalpen national park. Chemical analyses are carried out by the laboratory of the Umweltbundesamt in Vienna. Maintenance is done on a regular basis by a local contractor.
Reference List -
Comments

56. PERMANENT OPERATION
Element(s) 56.1 Permanent operation
56.2 Sampling interval
56.3 Maintenance interval
Definition The data type 'Permanent operation' describes if a research site is operated permanently throughout the year. It is composed of the general information on the permanent operation (56.1), the interval and frequency in which samples are taken from the site (56.2) and the interval and frequency in which maintenance personell is visiting the research site. Permanent operation is defined that the whole year in regular intervalls samples are taken and collected by the smapling personell visiting the research site. In part of the year (e.g. winter) the frequency might be less than in others (e.g. summer).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton on the all year operation of the research site. All year operation is defined that throughout the year samples are taken or observations (e.g. sensors) are made. The frequency of sampling and maintenance might be unequaly through the year (e.g. less frequent in winter than in summer). Please provide therefore the average sampling frequency and maintenance frequency throughout the year.
Format 56.1 text (LOV)
56.2 number [number of days between the visits]
56.3 number [number of days between the visits]
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 56.1 mandatory
56.2 optional
56.3 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 56.1 yes
56.2 14
56.3 30
Reference List 56.1 Reference list for 'Permanent operation'
  • N/A
  • yes
  • no
Comments

DATA MANAGEMENT

57. DATA STORAGE LOCATION
Element(s) 57.1 Data storage location
57.2 Data storage location number
Definition The data type 'Data storage location' describes the general design of the data storage and management. It is composed of the information on general design of the data storage (57.1) and the number of storage locations for the data (57.2). The number of storage locations is including the storage locations within an organisation as well as the storage locations situated at other organisations (e.g. data repositories).
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton on the design of the data management being either central or distributed and the number of different data storage location (being either within or outside the organisation), e.g. as the number of databases.
Format 57.1 text (LOV)
57.2 number
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe 57.1 mandatory
57.2 optional
Status ILTER optional
Example 57.1 Central
57.2 4
Reference List 57.1 Reference list for 'Data storage location'
  • N/A
  • Central
  • Distributed within institution
  • Distributed over multiple institutions
  • Other
Comments

58. DATA STORAGE FORMAT
Element(s) 58.1 Data storage format
Definition The data type 'Data storage format' describes the different formats in which the data are available and managed.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton about in which data formats the data are managed or provided to the end users.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Prioprietary file format
Reference List
  • N/A
  • Paper
  • Prioprietary file format
  • Relational Database
  • Spatial data file (GIS)
  • Spatial database (GIS)
  • Structured file or spreadsheet
  • unstructured file
  • XML Database
  • Other
Comments

59. DATA SERVICES
Element(s) 59.1 Data services
Definition The data type 'Data services' describes the availability of data services (e.g. WFS) to connect to the data.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton about which data services are provided to the end users (external and internal).
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1..*]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example Prioprietary file format
Reference List
  • N/A
  • Data portal
  • Web Catalog Service (CSW)
  • Web Feature Service (WFS)
  • Web Map Service (WMS)
  • Web Coverage Service (WCS)
  • Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
  • Other data service
Comments

60. DATA ACCESS POLICY
Element(s) 60.1 Data access policy Administration
60.2 Data access policy Public
60.3 Data access policy Education
60.4 Data access policy Research
Definition The data type 'Data access policy' describes the access and usage rights for different user communities. The user communities are devided into:
  • Administration - institutions of the public sector consuming data to provide information on the status of the environment as the basis for evidence based decision making. The user groups includes e.g. national, federal or local governments, decision makers.
  • Public - the 'citizens' as consumers of information on the environment
  • Education - persons or instiutions running training and education on different skill level using the data in the education process
  • Research - persons or institutions with a main focus on research and science using the data for publications or comparisions
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton on the general data access policy for the different user groups: a) Administration, b) General public, c) Education and d) Research. Please select from the list.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 60.1 Free
60.2 Free
60.3 Free
60.4 Free
Reference List Reference list for 60.1 Data access policy Administration
Reference list for 60.2 Data access policy Public
Reference list for 60.3 Data access policy Education
Reference list for 60.4 Data access policy Research
  • N/A
  • Free - free use under the specified terms of use
  • Free upon request - terms of use are negotiated case by case, but the data are in principal free to use
  • Restricted - use of the data is only for either a restricted group or for restricted purposes. Terms of use are specified.
  • No - data are not free to use or fees are charged
Comments Discussion on the user group 'Education' needed.

61. DATA COSTS
Element(s) 61.1 Data cost Administration
61.2 Data cost Public
61.3 Data cost Education
61.4 Data cost Research
Definition The data type 'Data costs' describes the costs for the usage of the data for different user communities. The user communities are devided into:
  • Administration - institutions of the public sector consuming data to provide information on the status of the environment as the basis for evidence based decision making. The user groups includes e.g. national, federal or local governments, decision makers.
  • Public - the 'citizens' as consumers of information on the environment
  • Education - persons or instiutions running training and education on different skill level using the data in the education process
  • Research - persons or institutions with a main focus on research and science using the data for publications or comparisions
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton if costs are related to the use of data for the different user groups: a) Administration, b) General public, c) Education and d) Research. Please select from the list.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory
Status ILTER optional
Example 61.1 No cost
61.2 No cost
61.3 No cost
61.4 No cost
Reference List Reference list for 61.1 Data cost Administration
Reference list for 61.2 Data cost Public
Reference list for 61.3 Data cost Education
Reference list for 61.4 Data cost Research
  • N/A
  • No cost- no costs are charged for the data exchange
  • Data manipulation costs - only data manipulation costs are charged to the user
  • Data creation costs - also costs of the data generation are charged to the user
Comments Discussion on the user group 'Education' needed.

62. DATA REQUEST FORMAT
Element(s) 62.1 Data request format
Definition The data type 'Data request formt' describes on how the data can be requested from the research site.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide informaton how the data can be requested from the research site (external and internal).
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example Offline (Mail or Telephone)
Reference List
  • N/A
  • Offline (Mail or Telephone)
  • Online (Reference for access)
  • Other
Comments

63. DATA NOTES
Element(s) 63.1 Data notes
Definition The data type 'Data notes' describes other relevant informaton on data management and data exchange which are not covered by the other items of the section on data management and data exchange.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a textual description on information which is not covered by the other items.
Format text
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example Additional file for download on the the main attributes of the monitoring are provided as well as map on the main results. ...
Reference List -
Comments

RELATED DATASETS AND PUBLICATIONS

64. ASSOCIATED DATASETS
Element(s) 64.1 Associated datasets
Definition The data type 'Associated datasets' describes datasets (described in DEIMS with a MD record) which are provided by the research site. The link to the MD record identifier is given.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a list of datasets which are provided by the research site. Start typing a dataset title to select them from the list.
Format text (reference to dataset MD)
Multiplicity [0..*]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example LTER Zöbelboden, Austria, Air chemistry, 2001-2011
Reference Reference to MD records of content type Dataset
Comments

65. ASSOCIATED PUBLICATIONS
Element(s) 65.1 Associated publications
Definition The data type 'Associated publications' describes publications (described in DEIMS with a MD record) which are provided by the research site. The link to the record identifier is given.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a list of publications which are provided by the research site. Start typing a title to select them from the list.
Format text (reference to literature MD)
Multiplicity [0..*]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example
Reference Reference to MD records of content type Literature
Comments NOTE: currently not implemeted

66. ASSOCIATED SENSORS
Element(s) 66.1 Associated sensors
Definition The data type 'Associated sensors' describes sensors (measurement devices and observaton locations) which are provided by the research site. The link to the MD record identifier is given.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a list of sensors which are provided by the research site. Start typing a title to select them from the list.
Format text (reference to sensor MD)
Multiplicity [0..*]
Status LTER Europe optional
Status ILTER optional
Example
Reference Reference to MD records of content type Sensor
Comments NOTE: currently not implemeted

INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION

The section 'Administration' is only visible for the managers of the respective networks and contains information on the completeness of the MD record. It contains two fields: a) Documentation status and b) Site notes.

67. DOCUMENTATION STATUS
Element(s) 67.1 Documentation status
Definition The attribute 'Documentation status' describes the completeness of the MD record based on expert judgement by the responsible network manager. This field does not avoid a check for completeness.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide a first judgement on the completeness of the MD record for the research site. Please select from the list.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [1]
Status LTER Europe mandatory - done by the network manager
Status ILTER optional
Example Full documentation
Reference
Comments complete definition with list of mandatory fields for 'basic documentation'

68. NOTES
Element(s) 68.1 Site notes
Definition The attribute 'Site notes' describes additional information for the network manager which is not covered by the above items.
Recommendations & Hints Please provide additional notes about the research site.
Format text (LOV)
Multiplicity [0..1]
Status LTER Europe optional - done by the network manager
Status ILTER optional
Example ...
Reference none
Comments


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