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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Agroecosystems Management Research

2011 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
1) Provide support to the existing CEAP database effort in acquiring and vetting watershed data to gain an understanding of the extent and complexity of the conservation-research data that exists at a variety of research locations. Possible locations may include CEAP watersheds (Cropland & Grazing Lands), REAP, and GRACEnet locations. 2) Provide website design and development support with the primary effort in acquiring research data, GIS data, and research metadata from watershed data producers; and, populating web pages with acquired content. 3) Provide additional support the ArcGIS Server-based CEAP data delivery system through system development and system configuration skills. 4) Examine additional data visualization techniques and delivery opportunities with a focus on Google Earth using web-based data management techniques and programming skills. 5) Provide support to the development of web-casts and other informative sessions to assist data producers in moving their data into the database system.

1b. Approach (from AD-416)
This project facilitates on-going development and enhanced functionality for web-based research information management systems, such as, the STEWARDS (Sustaining the Earth’s Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System) database. The STEWARDS database has been developed to enable users to search, visualize, and download agricultural research data from CEAP watersheds. Personnel assigned to this project will work with NSTL information management staff and CEAP, REAP, and GRACEnet scientists at the ARS research watersheds to populate databases with agricultural research data in a timely manner, provide programmatic support to the development of web-based data delivery systems, and develop educational tools for research personnel. In addition, programming and data visualization techniques will be developed for retrieval, display, and downloading of data by Agency and non-Agency scientists to help quantify the short- and long-term benefits of conservation practices throughout the nation.

3. Progress Report
The efforts this period have focused on the development of improved interfaces to the database in order to promote and facilitate greater accessibility and ease of data transfers. The improvements have been made in the JavaScript language for the interface. Efforts have also been directed toward the improvement of the data extraction and data display features of the database. These have allowed for enhanced performance of the Sustaining the Earth's Watersheds, Agricultural Research Data System (STEWARDS) database and improvements for natural resource databases under development within the laboratory. There are weekly email exchanges of information about the progress of the project and any new developments underway for the database.

4. Accomplishments

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