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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

PI: G. David Tilman

Generation of Ecological Metadata Language Archive Files for Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) is a University of Minnesota-owned ecology research site, designated by the NSF as a Long-Term Ecological Research site. Since 1964, data have been collected at CCESR and archived in various electronic formats. To better serve the research community and meet their obligations to the National Science Foundation, these researchers have establishing an SQL database that houses all data and metadata collected at CCESR. These data and metadata are made available dynamically through web applications on the Cedar Creek website (, which the researchers are migrating to the Supercomputing Institute. Datasets are generated in a variety of formats, including Ecological Metadata Language (EML), an XML metadata schema developed by the Ecological Society of America. The CCESR website also serves as an education and outreach tool for scientists to communicate with the public, both on a local and national level.

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Dan Bahauddin, Staff