This month, we’d like to highlight KNB, The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity, and their data management application Morpho: http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/
What is KNB?
KNB is an NSF Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence Program sponsored by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Texas Tech University, the Long Term Ecological Research Network, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. This network of federated institutions is dedicated to sharing their data to promote access, discovery, and analysis of data that has been made available for community use and re-use.
What is Morpho?
Morpho is a free data management application that helps researchers create and edit ecological metadata, search and query their own metadata collections, view others’ data and data collections on the KNB, and share and upload their data onto the KNB. Morpho uses the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) specification which was developed by and for the ecology discipline to describe the extremely diverse data produced by the discipline.
How does deposit work?
All depositors must register for an account. To register a data set with KNB, you may use Morpho or a web form to supply the necessary metadata. A guide for completing the web form is available here. The EML fields used by KNB greatly improve the reusability and maintainability of the data when filled out as completely as possible.