BNZ_Metadata Submission Template
Documentation and Instructions:
♦Please fill in all blank cells as completely as possible unless directed otherwise by notes in
the field. Each field is identified as REQUIRED or OPTIONAL. Required items are
necessary to meet metadata standards set forth by the LTER network. However, there will be
instances where a required field will not be applicable to specific dataset and can not be
entered. Use the code N/A for instances where the specified item is not applicable.
♦Please do not insert or delete rows or columns within the template; information is extracted
programmatically and will not function if altered. If you have multiple entries please use the
next empty column or row. You may choose to copy the entry column and paste it over the
next empty column if some information and fields will be identical.
♦Fields highlighted in green are the header rows or field information of the given table.
C_DataFileVariables is the only table in this form to have entries in the row format (adding
new data to the bottom). All other tables have each entry as a column (adding new data as a
♦Fields highlighted in light yellow are a provided example. This one case will not
demonstrate how the information should be input for every data file or situation but should
serve as a general example that should show basic operation in a generic case.
Please contact the BNZ-LTER Data Manager if you have any questions or suggestions
FIELD Description Necessity Example Entry1
Name (First) Individuals formal first name. REQUIRED A.
Name (Middle) Individuals middle name. OPTIONAL David
Name (Last) Individuals formal last name REQUIRED McGuire
Suffix Persons' preferred suffix. OPTIONAL Dr.
Nickname Preferred nickname. OPTIONAL Dave
Initials Full initials OPTIONAL A.D.M.
Address Put complete address information into REQUIRED Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
one line; separated by semi-colons. University of Alaska Fairbanks Irving I Building
City City, town of village REQUIRED Fairbanks
State State or Provence REQUIRED Alaska
Postal (ZIP) Code Postal Zip Code REQUIRED 99775
Country Country REQUIRED United States
Active Status 0=Inactive; 1=Active; 2=Publication REQUIRED 1
Primary Email Primary contact e-mail. REQUIRED firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary Email Secondary contact e-mail. OPTIONAL (null)
Primary Telephone Primary contact phone number. REQUIRED 907-474-6242
Secondary telephone Secondary contact phone number. OPTIONAL (null)
Cell Phone Cell phone number OPTIONAL (null)
Fax Number Fax machine number OPTIONAL 907-474-7872
Personal URL Link to individuals relevant web page. OPTIONAL http://mercury.bio.uaf.edu/~dave_mcguire/dmcguire.html
Title Title and affiliation. OPTIONAL Assistant Professor of Landscape Ecology
Position Position Name OPTIONAL (null)
Degree1 Degree listing #1 OPTIONAL Ph.D., 1989, Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Degree2 Degree listing #2 OPTIONAL M.S., 1983, Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Degree3 Degree listing #3 OPTIONAL B.S., 1976, Electrical Engineering, Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York
Current Research Description of current research activities. OPTIONAL (null)
Specialty Special areas of interest or research. OPTIONAL temporal & spatial scaling in development, testing &
application of process-based models of biogeochemical
Primary Affiliation Organizations or departments this REQUIRED Alaska Co-operative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Institute of
person is affiliated with. List in hierarchy Arctic Biology
, with primary organization first.
Affiliation URL Primary organization or department web OPTIONAL http://www.akcfwru.uaf.edu/about.php
Core Area (s) 1) Primary Production, 2) Populations, 3) OPTIONAL 7
Organic Matter/Decomposition, 4)
Inorganic Fluxes, 5) Disturbance, 6) Data
Management, 7) Modeling/Synthesis
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Classification Please select the primary title that REQUIRED 11
applies to this person. This is the
general title of this individual in relation to
BNZ_LTER. Choose one of the
following numbers. 1) Senior
Investigator, 2) Staff, 3) Technician, 4)
M.S. Student, 5) Undergraduate Student,
6) Affiliated Scientist, 7) Principal
Investigator, 8) Post-doctoral Research
Associate, 9) Former LTER Personnel,
10) Former Graduate Student, 11) Co-
Principal Investigator. 12)Ph.D Student,
13) Principal Investigator (retired), 14)
Site Manager, 15) Data Manager
Role (s) Please select the primary role that this REQUIRED 2
person served in relation to this dataset.
This information is critical in tracking data
file in relation to personnel and research
Task. Choose one of the following
numbers. 1) Principal Investigator, 2)
Co-Principal Investigator, 3) Core
Responsibility, 4) Senior Investigator, 5)
Graduate Student Advisor, 6) Affiliated
Scientist, 7) Technician, 8) Post-doctoral
Research Associate, 9)Ph.D Student,
10) M.S. Student, 11) Undergraduate
Student, 12) High School Student
Keyword (s) Please list all key words to be associated REQUIRED carbon | fire | modeling
with this person. Separate multiple
entries with the ' |' symbol. A text list of
existing keywords is located on BNZ
data submission web page. In the
future, keywords will be submitted
through an interactive web page.
Images List the title of any images already in the OPTIONAL A. Dave McGuire (124_admcguire.jpg)
BNZ-LTER Image Database that should
be associated with this individual. If
personnel photo is not in database, use
E_Images tab to submit additional
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Study Level Data file Metadata
FIELD Description Necessity Example Data file Name
Study Title: A descriptive title for the study should describe the data REQUIRED Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest: Hourly Temperature
collected, geographic context or research site, and time (mean, min, max) at 50 cm and 150 cm from 1988 to Present
Abstract: A rich and descriptive summary of the study for full-text REQUIRED This dataset contains the hourly output from Temperature
searching purposes. Describe the “what”, “when”, and sensors for the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest (BCEF).
“where” aspects of the study. Also include a list of Any temperature data collected in this area is reported here.
measured parameters. This includes Level 3 weather stations as well as smaller scale
and temporal studies. This data can be sorted and viewed by
site, year, hour, height of measurement, mean, min, and max
value. Updates of each site are different since some are still on
going while other had only a 2 – 3 year life cycle. This
information can be found in the site descriptions and in the
Field Methods Detailed description of the field methods. REQUIRED Data were recorded with Omnidata EL-824 Easyloggers (1988-
1994), Campbell 21X (LTER1 and LTER2), and Campbell
CR10 (Upland and Floodplain sites, 1995). Air Temperature
and relative humidities were recorded using the following
sensors: Omnidata ES-110 (1988-1994), ES-110 were replaced
with HMP Vaisala sensors (aka ES-120, 1991 - 1995), HMP-C
Vaisala sensors were installed in all sites with the exception of
UP3A and FP5C. These sites had the ES-120 sensor. UP3A
and FP5C had HMP-35C Vaisala sensors installed in 1998.
Lab Methods Detailed description of the lab methods. REQUIRED (null)
Experimental Design Detailed description of the experimental design. REQUIRED This site is to provide core meteorological data for the upland
black spruce replications.
Data Begin Date First date that data was collected for the data set in REQUIRED 1988-06-01
question. Must include Year, Month and Day in the
following format YYYY-MM-DD
Data End Date Last date that data was collected for the data set in REQUIRED 2007-08-03
question. Must include Year, Month and Day in the
following format YYYY-MM-DD
Measurement Frequency Measurement frequency; periodicity of data collection; REQUIRED Scanned every 5 minutes and reported hourly.
information necessary to understand temporal sampling
regime.(1:Continually, 2:Daily, 3:Weekly, 4:Monthly,
5:Annually, 6:Unknown, 7:As needed, 8:Irregular,)
Processing Corrections Any notes about data processing procedures, OPTIONAL (null)
techniques, or corrections.
Supplemental Information: Other descriptive information about the study. OPTIONAL (null)
References and locations of maps, photographs, videos,
GIS layers, physical specimens or collections
(taxonomic collections will require more descriptive
information), field notebooks, associated web pages.
Provide titles, descriptions and URLs
QA/QC Person(s) involved with quality assurances and OPTIONAL Brian Charlton
Data Submitter Individual responsible for submitting this data to the data REQUIRED Brian Charlton
Date Submitted for Release Date the submitter has provided data files and metadata REQUIRED 2007-12-01
to the data manager.
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Access Constraints Access will either be public or restricted. Choose one of REQUIRED 1
the following (1: Online, 2: Restricted due to proprietary
and/or publication issues, 3: Restricted due to legal (i.e.,
location of sensitive resources) or copyright issues, 4:
Restricted due to QA/QC issues.
Use Constraints for Public Restrictions and legal prerequisites for using the data OPTIONAL
after access is granted. These include any access
constraints applied to assure the protection of privacy or
intellectual property, and any special restrictions or
limitations on using the database.
Status What is the status and condition of the study and data. REQUIRED Ongoing
Ongoing or Complete ( or Hosted for non-original data
that we provide from other research entities).
Geographic Extent A short description of the geographic area of the study. REQUIRED This data file has air temperature data from several sites within
and adjacent to the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest;
Southwest of Fairbanks; Interior Alaska; North America
West bounding (lon-dd) Most westerly longitude of study area; given in decimal REQUIRED -148.3537
East bounding (lon-dd) Most easterly longitude of study area; given in decimal REQUIRED -148.1426
North bounding (lat-dd) Most northerly latitude of study area; given in decimal REQUIRED 64.7666
South bounding (lat-dd) Most southerly latitude of study area; given in decimal REQUIRED 64.6783
Coordinates Datum Geospatial datum used for coordinates; NAD83 is REQUIRED NAD27
preferred for BNZ but others are allowed.
Elevation Minimum (m) Minimum elevation of site(s); given in meters (m). OPTIONAL 105
Elevation Maximum (m) Maximum elevation of site(s); given in meters (m). OPTIONAL 125
Future Update Frequency The frequency with which changes and additions are REQUIRED 1
made to the study after the initial establishment. Choose
one of the following (1:Continually, 2:Daily, 3:Weekly,
4:Monthly, 5:Annually, 6:Unknown, 7:As needed,
8:Irregular, 9:None planned
Data Credits Persons contributing work to data used in the OPTIONAL (null)
acknowledgment to be added to general study citation.
Agency grants can be listed here.
Instrumentation Used List and describe all instruments used to produce data. OPTIONAL (null)
Statistics/Algorithms List and describe statistical analysis and algorithms OPTIONAL (null)
used to produce or evaluate data.
Categories 1) Succession, 2) Vegetation, 3) Stand Structure, 4) REQUIRED 11
Hydrology, 5) Water Quality, 6)Tropic Interactions, 7)
Stream Ecology, 8) Primary Production, 9) Disturbance,
10) Decomposition, 11) Climate, 12) Biogeochemistry,
13) Soils, 14) GIS, 15) Biological Diversity, 16) Human
Dimensions. (All can be listed in a single cell but please
choose a primary category and list it first.)
Sites List all research sites used or referenced in this data. REQUIRED FP1A, FP2A, FP3A, FP4A, FP5A, FP5C, UP1A, UP2A, UP3A,
Please use the formal name assigned to this site by the UP4A, LTER1, LTER2
BNZ-LTER site management. If your study sites are
new; complete the NEW_Sites worksheet and consult
with the data and site managers.
Publications Provide complete citations for any published work REQUIRED (null)
related to the study and provide copies of the
publications. If the citations are already in the FSDB
bibliography, just provide the publication number from
the web page.
Keyword (s) Please list all key words to be associated with this data REQUIRED air temperaure | climate
file. Separate multiple entries with the ' |' symbol. A text
list of existing keywords is located on BNZ data
submission web page. In the future, keywords will be
submitted through an interactive web page.
Images List the Title of images in the BNZ-LTER Image OPTIONAL (null)
Database that are associated with this data file.
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Data File Field File Name Worksheet Headers Delimitation File Number of Column # Name / Title Definition of Units
Metadata Name (if Included Type Extension Header Lines Name / Title
appropriate) (Y/N) Total
Description What is the exact name of For use on Are column What is used to What is the file How many Which column What is the Give a detailed Unit label for
the file(s) you are currently spreadsheets with headers in the separate data extension type? header lines are of data are the data field description of measurements.
submitting? Please use a multiple worksheet file? (Y/N) columns? Please select in the data file? following called? the data field (cm, degC,%,
descriptive and formatted tabs. List the (comma, space, one of the descriptions name. etc.)
file name; providing a site, worksheet tab you tab, etc.) following : zip, referring to?
data file, or personal are referencing txt, gif, ppt,
reference and not using here. html, csv, pdf,
improper characters such xls
as <space>, ?, and &.
Necessity REQUIRED OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED
Example DM_example_file_2007.txt N/A Y comma txt file 1 1 Site Name of site for N/A
2 Date Date yyyy/mm/dd
3 Sample# ID # given to N/A
4 Measurement length cm
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Storage Type Measurement Scale Value Code Missing Data Min Valid Min Expected Max Max Valid Precision Calculation
Explanation Value / Code Value Value Expected Value (Decimal Notes
string (text variable), nominal (providing a name or Key to code used for Minimum valid Minimum Maximum Maximum valid Please give the Information
integer (whole category), ordinal (denotes rank or abbreviations or missing or bad value for this expected value expected value value for this number of about
number), float point position and comparisons of more or acronyms used data measurement. for this for this measurement. decimal places calculations
(digits representing less than can be made; EX=Finishing in the column. measurement. measurement. expressed in performed to
real number), date Order), interval (all the features of (Normal Range) (Normal Range) the data. derive this
(temporal reference) ordinal but equal differences represent value.
equal intervals and zero point is
arbitrary; EX=Celsius ), ratio (numerical
value on a scale where zero is non-
arbitrary and meaningful ratios between
arbitrary pairs of numbers exist;
EX=Mass, Kelvin temperature)
REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED REQUIRED OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL OPTIONAL
string nominal N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
date interval N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
integer ordinal N/A N/A 1 1 240 240 N/A N/A
float ratio N/A -9999 0 0 100 150 2 N/A
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FIELD UNITS / Description Necessity Example Entry 1
Site Name Formal site name to be used REQUIRED UP4A
in all database references.
Management Group Agency, department, or REQUIRED Bonanza Creek LTER
group responsible for
oversight and management
of on going activities at this
Site Status Current use status of this REQUIRED Active
site; Active, Inactive
Elevation Max Maximum elevation of REQUIRED 490
research site (in Meters (m)
Elevation Min Minimum elevation of REQUIRED 480
research site (in Meters (m)
Elevation Units Meters is preferred, feet can REQUIRED Meters
Site Type/Shape Describe what is the type REQUIRED This is a primary control monitoring site.
and shape of site you are
describing. Point, polygon,
or transect. Explain how
the site should be viewed on
a spatial basis.
Site Description Detailed description of site REQUIRED Mature upland black spruce stand.
and research activities at
Site Location/Directions Where is the site located and REQUIRED Located north of the Parks Highway and
how do you get there power line where Bonanza Creek Road
(generally speaking). starts.
Site History Brief description of site REQUIRED Site was established in 2004 and has been
background, development, fully functional since 2005.
and current status
Location Description General research location REQUIRED Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest- Alaska
where the site is located. State Forest located along the Parks
Highway; about 10 miles southwest of
USGS Topo-Map Please provide the region OPTIONAL Fairbanks (C3) AK
and quadrant for the topo-
map that covers this site
(more than one is allowed
Aspect Direction to which the slope REQUIRED NW
faces: N (337.5-22.5), NE
337.5); or F for flat/no slope.
Slope %slope measured across REQUIRED 35
Meteorological Parameters What specific meteorological OPTIONAL air temp, soil temp, soil moisture, PAR, wind
parameters are collected at speed, wind direction, precipitation, and
this site? snowpack
Data Types What data variables are REQUIRED air temp, soil temp, soil moisture, PAR, wind
collected at this site? speed, wind direction, precipitation, and
Comments Any notes or comments OPTIONAL Location was selected for its proximity to the
relevant to this particular LTTG-7ubs site that has climate data
site. extending back to 1977.
Contact Person Individual contact person for REQUIRED Jamie Hollingsworth
inquiries about activities at
Latitude Decimal Degrees (n_dd) REQUIRED 64.7664
Longitude Decimal Degrees (w_dd) REQUIRED -148.2935
UTM-N UTM Northing Coordinate REQUIRED 7182855.5
UTM-E UTM Easting Coordinate REQUIRED 438471.3
Zone UTM Zone for above REQUIRED 6N
Datum NAD83 (Preferred) or REQUIRED NAD27
preference); others can be
acceptable but please
consult with GIS coordinator.
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Site alternate Names Names previously used by REQUIRED 141
researchers to describe this
Site Attributes List all attributes being REQUIRED air temp, soil temp, soil moisture, PAR,
collected at this site. precipitation
Site Habitat Select a habitat (s) for this REQUIRED 7
site; listing the primary type
first. 1) Agriculture, 2) All
Habitats, 3) Alpine, 4)
Desert, 5) Estuary, 6) Field,
7) Forest, 8) Grassland, 9)
Ice, 10) Lakes, 11) Littoral
Zone, 12) Marsh, 13) Office,
14) Riparian, 15) Rivers, 16)
Southern Ocean, 17)
Streams, 18) Tundra, 19)
Wetlands, 20) Watersheds
Site Images List the Title of images in the OPTIONAL N/A
BNZ-LTER Image Database
that are associated with this
Site References List publications related to OPTIONAL N/A
Site Keywords Please list all key words to REQUIRED black spruce | north facing | permafrost
be associated with this site.
Separate multiple entries
with the ' |' symbol. A text list
of existing keywords is
located on BNZ data
submission web page. In
the future, keywords will be
submitted through an
interactive web page.
Site Personnel List the names of LTER OPTIONAL Jamie Hollingsworth (Site Manager), Brian
personnel that have Charlton (Technician)
conducted research at this
Subplots/Treatments Please list all sub-plots or OPTIONAL (null)
treatments that are at this
Site Code Abbreviation, acronym, or OPTIONAL 141
code used to refer to the
Location Code Acronym or abbreviation OPTIONAL BCEF
code used to describe the
Location Name Name used to reference this OPTIONAL Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest
Landform General description of the OPTIONAL add more description
landform type of the site.
Geology Description or notes about OPTIONAL add more description
the geologic history or
condition of the site.
Soils Soil classification or OPTIONAL add more description
description and date of
Hydrology Hydrologic description or OPTIONAL add more description
classification of the site.
Vegetation Vegetation classification or OPTIONAL add more description
description and date of
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FIELD Description Necessity Example Entry1
Image Title (s) Descriptive title of image. REQUIRED FP3A Weather Station (2005)
Image File Name (s) Exact file name; as submitted to the data REQUIRED FP3A_WeatherStation_2005.jpg
manager. Please use a descriptive and
formatted file name; providing a site,
data file, or personal reference and not
using improper characters such as
<space>, ?, and &.
Image Description (s) Describe the equipment and protocols REQUIRED Photograph of weather station at FP3A.
used in generating or processing the Taken with Kodak 7440 digital Camera
photo. and post-processed with Adobe
Photoshop to adjust contrast and
Image Date (s) yyyy-mm-dd REQUIRED 2005-06-21
Image Photographer (s) Who took the photo? REQUIRED Brian Charlton
Image Scan Date If a scanned object, when was it OPTIONAL (null)
Scan Description Describe the scanning process and OPTIONAL (null)
equipment used in generating or
processing the photo.
Primary Image Is this individual image the primary OPTIONAL 0
image (1) for this reference type or is it a
secondary (0) image.
Site Layout Is this individual image the primary site OPTIONAL 0
layout diagram for a site? 1=yes; 0=no
Image Reference Type What should this image be associated REQUIRED 1
with: 1) site, 2) personnel, 3) data file.
Image Reference Object Which site, person, or data file should REQUIRED FP3A
this image be linked to?
Image Keywords Please list all key words to be REQUIRED weather station | climate | floodplain
associated with this site. Separate
multiple entries with the ' |' symbol. A
text list of existing keywords is located
on BNZ data submission web page. In
the future, keywords will be submitted
through an interactive web page.
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