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Wednesday, September 21 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Measurement unit metadata: community standards & resources

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Conveying the units of a measurement accurately and understandably is an essential component of generating reproducible data. Over a decade ago, the LTER IMC built a Unit Registry as a “living” resource for harmonizing the metadata of units. That technology is out of date, and what is needed now is an approach to update or replace it. The EDI has established a working group, which includes LTER data managers and other technologists, to meet this vital goal.

In this workshop, we will present current options for the Unit Registry and related materials. The Registry is most valuable if content can be kept current. Such an endeavor requires both broad and deep expertise in environmental science measurements, which can be found among the LTER IMC members. Specific workshop objectives will include an outline for handling unit additions (e.g., review criteria, process and necessary expertise). Participants will also be asked to evaluate some existing unit descriptions during the workshop.

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Margaret O'Brien

Data Specialist, University of California, Santa Barbara
My academic background is in biological oceanography. Today, I am a data specialist working with the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI) plus ecosystem-level projects conducting primary research, like the LTER network, and a marine Biodiversity Observation Network. My primary data... Read More →

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John Porter

Virginia Coast Reserve LTER
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Stevan Earl

Arizona State University

Wednesday September 21, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
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