Information Management


Information management at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study (HBES) is run by the Information Oversight Committee (IOC), which meets two times a year. One meeting is held during the summer at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest around the time of the annual HBES cooperators' meeting. The other meeting is timed to coincide with the winter HBES Committee of Scientists meeting in January, usually at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Occasionally,  ad hoc information management meetings may be necessary and are scheduled accordingly.

Data Use

The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study adheres to the LTER network data access policy. The following text is included in every data package. A complete copy of the policy can be downloaded from the LTER website (

This information is released under the Creative Commons license - Attribution - CC BY ( The consumer of these data (“Data User” herein) has an ethical obligation to cite it appropriately in any publication that results from its use. The Data User should realize that these data may be actively used by others for ongoing research and that coordination may be necessary to prevent duplicate publication. The Data User is urged to contact the authors of these data if any questions about methodology or results occur. Where appropriate, the Data User is encouraged to consider collaboration or coauthorship with the authors. The Data User should realize that misinterpretation of data may occur if used out of context of the original study. While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and associated documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available “as is.” The Data User should be aware, however, that data are updated periodically and it is the responsibility of the Data User to check for new versions of the data. The data authors and the repository where these data were obtained shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of the data. Thank you

Physical Sample Archive

An archive facility was built at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest to store samples permanently so that they will be available for future research. The building now houses approximately 40,000 samples of soil, water, plant tissue, and other materials.  A description of the sample archive, and link to a searchable database can be found here:

Document Archive

The Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY maintains a document archives of Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study materials, including publications, theses, correspondence and photos. Copies of publications and theses are also available at Pleasant View Farm for student use.  More recent material may be available through this website. Please check under publications and the photo gallery, and contact the Hubbard Brook Information Manager with assistance in locating material.