Project: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program (NOAA-NOS-NCCOS-2017-2004875)
Project Title: Linking Community and Food-Web Approaches to Restoration: An Ecological Assessment of Created and Natural Marshes Influenced by River Diversions.
Lead Principal Investigator
Michael J. Polito
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)
Co-Principal Investigator with Oversight
Nancy N. Rabalais
NOAA Data Point of Contact:
Scientific Data Coordinator
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the data and information management system is to centralize information and data for access by RESTORE Food Web investigators initially, and subsequently to collaborators, and members of the funded RESTORE science enterprise. The RESTORE Food Web research program is committed to providing the highest quality data, data products, and synthetic analyses in publicly accessible databases and information outlets, ensuring access to a broader community, including the public, educators, and local, regional, state and national government offices. Timely submission of data to a national repository means no later than publication of a peer-reviewed article based on the data, or two years after the data are collected and verified, or two years after the original end date of the grant (regardless of any extensions or follow-on funding), whichever is soonest, unless a delay has been authorized by the NOAA funding program.
An initial call for projected datasets was issued by the Data Manager for researchers to fill out a Data Information Form (DIF), a word document template designed to obtain basic information about a dataset. The purpose of the DIF is twofold: 1) to assist researchers in thinking about data organization at an early stage, and 2) to begin discussions between the RESTORE Food Web Data Management Team and the researchers on proper dataset format and composition of adequate metadata. These DIF forms are used for the duration of the project to identify datasets that were not part of the initial projected dataset list.
Upon final approval of DIFs, each dataset is assigned an internal tracking number (ITN) and entered into an internal database tracking sheet maintained by the Data Manager. Future information for each data set will be logged. A similar tracking sheet design proved invaluable in the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative project as a mechanism to track and manage the many datasets generated from a multi-investigator project.
Draft datasets are submitted by researchers to the RESTORE Food Web Data Manager, who will internally review and work with each researcher to populate an Excel file containing basic metadata about the dataset. The Data manager will then post the dataset and abbreviated metadata onto a Google Team Drive where it can be shared with RESTORE Food Web investigators.
When researchers are ready to finalize and make datasets publicly available, the Data Manager will create formal xml metadata files that follow the ISO 19115-2 standard (the same used for Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Integrative Information Cooperative (GRIIDC) submissions) and submit metadata and data files to NOAA personnel who will finalize for submission to NCEI or distribution to an acceptable national repository.