News, Technical

Associating Data Packages in the EDI Repository with Journal Article Citations

A new feature has been developed for the EDI Repository that supports the association of data packages in the repository with journal articles that cite them. For a given data package (as specified by its package identifier), a logged-in user of the EDI Data Portal can enter information on a web form about a journal article in cases where the data package or its associated data are cited by the article. Journal articles that used that dataset, but did not cite the dataset DOI, may also be included.  Only the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or the URL of the journal article needs to be entered, though a user may optionally include the article title and the journal title. This information is permanently stored within the EDI Repository (unless later deleted by the same logged-in user) as well as incorporated into the DOI metadata for a data package that is sent to DataCite. It is also displayed on the summary page for the data package in the EDI Data Portal, e.g.,, which has been used by three papers.


News, Technical

EML Congruence Checker (ECC)

In 2016, EDI reconstituted a working group to define, prioritize, review and test EML Congruence Checks, and to serve as the information conduit for the larger community. A report was given to the LTER IMC at their annual meeting, in Bloomington IN, in the summer of 2017. All ECC material is stored in github: This update describes our experiences with checks introduced or considered in 2017. Continue reading “EML Congruence Checker (ECC)”

News, Resources

EML Best Practices V.3

The LTER Information Management Committee (IMC) has created a significant knowledge base, and made it available through its website, That website is being reorganized, and many of its general data management resources are being migrated to other locations, most notably, to EDI ( One of these which is used both within and beyond the LTER is the EML Best Practices recommendations; Version 1 was released in 2005, and a much-expanded Version 2 in 2011. Version 3 was released in 2017 by EDI, with a simple goal: to generalize it for a broader community, while still acknowledging the LTER IMC as its originators. The Version 3 draft was circulated within the LTER’s best practices mailing list, and comments incorporated. Continue reading “EML Best Practices V.3”