The Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) is a National Science Foundation-funded effort to support the curation, archival and management of data generated from projects in the NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Programs served include, but are not limited to, Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB), Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS), and Macrosystems Biology (MSB). Data provided from DEB’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program will continue to be distributed from the existing LTER Network Member Node, which is now managed by EDI. EDI provides expertise in data management to the targeted programs, whose research data products are now curated and stored at the EDI data repository (https://portal.edirepository.org/). It is this content that is now discoverable via DataONE.
More information about the EDI and other DataONE Member Nodes can be found at http://www.dataone.org/current-member-nodes.
About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.
About EDI: EDI’s data repository leverages the PASTA (Provenance Aware Synthesis Tracking Architecture) software stack, originally developed for the LTER Network. EDI uses the DataONE Generic Member Node as a slender node proxy to synchronize data between PASTA and DataONE.
The Environmental Data Initiative centralizes data management efforts for some of NSF-DEB’s smaller programs which haven’t to date had the opportunity to excel in the curation and archival of their data. Working together with these programs, EDI plays a valuable role in the NSF-DEB community and beyond.