FCE Data and Information Accessibility
FCE LTER Program researchers have first priority for use of their data in
publications but they are encouraged to make their data publicly available as soon
as possible to enhance collaborations and synthesis. Data funded by the NSF LTER
grant are available online 2 years after their collection. The FCE IMS data access
protocol is thoroughly described in the FCE Access and Release Policy
Public access to the FCE LTER data and information for the scientific community at large is provided
through the FCE LTER web site on the internet at the following URL: http://fcelter.fiu.edu/
web site has been active since March 2000 and consists of a variety of information including the FCE
LTER Program overview, personnel, maps, data, publications, education and outreach, job
announcements and Everglades
The FCE website 'Data'
page acts as a portal to three major data categories:
1) FCE Data Products
2) LTER Network Data and 3) Outside Agency Related Everglades Data. Users can easily select a data
category of interest and are taken to a new page containing pertinent links found under that
category. The FCE Data Products
page has 7 major subcategories such as
, signature datasets
and climate data
. Users are given a
'FCE Sampling Attribute'
subcategory where they can
search by a sampling attribute and the return results will include sites, datasets and projects
associated with that sampling attribute.
All FCE LTER personnel have access to our password protected Intranet site. Researchers can easily
compile their personal FCE information by selecting the menu choice 'Your Information' whereby all
pertinent contact information, publication, presentation, leveraged funding, dataset and project
description results are reported online. Users can also browse the intranet site for downloadable
material like the FCE project information form and important FCE documents such at the ENP Sampling
Permits, the FCE proposals (I, II, III) and the LTER network Planning Grant and Strategic Planning Process
presentation. The FCE intranet 'Resources' section provides links to mailing lists, a FCE LTER
office resource list of available equipment and FTP server information.