The goal of the Konza Information Management System (KIMS) is to facilitate research at the Konza LTER site and beyond by housing and delivering high quality data and metadata. The Konza data archive presently contains data collected under the auspices of the LTER program since its inception in 1988. Contributors to the archive include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as more senior scientists.
Konza Prairie LTER manages and distributes data and metadata in accordance with LTER Network policies and best practices. Konza Prairie’s Data Use and Access Policy is consistent with the policy for the whole LTER Network. With few exceptions, data are made downloadable from the Konza website within two years of the data collection. Metadata are highly detailed such that they facilitate data reuse long after the data were originally archived. Metadata are also encoded as EML (Ecological Metadata Language) and harvested to the LTER Network Data Portal, where they are queryable, and contain all ecological data packages contributed by past and present LTER sites. Konza regularly contributes to the LTER Network’s ClimDB/HydroDB database, publication DB, SiteDB, and Personnel DB.