Problem: Tracking publications associated with a field station or site is difficult. There is no clear or standard way to cite field station descriptions.
Proposal: Create individual, citable “publications” with associated persistent identifiers for each field station (more generically called a “site”). Collect these publications in a central location.
What these Publications Look Like
- Can be used to describe any site used for research. Examples include field stations, marine labs, sampling sites, collection locations, instrument locations, laboratory facilities, etc..
- Each publication gets a DOI
- Descriptions can be updated periodically. Updates = versions. Can’t edit existing document; must submit new one. Can use same DOI for single site though.
- Can be exported as EML XML or as human-readable PDF
- Standardized, structured description of site - metadata fields, plus supplementary material such as images, descriptive blurbs, etc.
- Decisions for each field: what it’s called, whether it’s mandatory, whether it has limited responses, how it maps to datacite, how it maps to EML
- See Site Descriptor Content Spreadsheet for more information/example
How the Publications are Collected/Displayed:
Collect these Site Descriptors in the general use DataONE repository, ONEShare. The user interface will be a new instance of the existing UC3 Dash service (under development) with some modifications for Site Descriptors.
Existing Site Descriptions
- Example from NRS: metadata submitted to KNB; got a DOI http://nrs.ucop.edu/biblioDOI.htm
- Web page from Sierra Nevada field station: vesr.ucnrs.org/pages/snarlmoreinfo.html
- OBFS online directory: http://www.obfs.org/directories
- OBFS map with link to field station websites: http://www.obfs.org/station-map
- SiteDB from LTER: http://im.lternet.edu/projects/SiteDB
- LTER sites descriptions: http://www.lternet.edu/lter-sites