There are (at least) two Gopher servers for ecology:
The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Gopher at lternet.edu (port 70).
This Gopher has a catalog of data set descriptions, and a bibliographic
data base. Other stuff is clearly in the works. This Gopher can be
found on the North America list of Gophers in most Gopher servers. Note:
some GIF images are available.
The Ecological Data Exchange (EDEX), a service of the Yale School of
Forestry and Environmental Studies. The EDEX data base can be
found on suncis.cis.yale.edu (port 70), in the Z Test Directory/
Forestry Gopher. At present, various data sets (actual data, with
full documentation) are available for north-eastern forests of the
United States. Many refer to permanent plots, and some refer to
plots in which individual trees have been permanently tagged.
The use of Gopher to make data freely available to the world brings
up immediate issues of ideal format and quality control, and now is
the time for the ecological community to decide how it wants things
done, before many more years of effort are put into constructing
these public resources. So check out these two Gophers, and let the
responsible parties know what you think!
I have been advising Tom Siccama of the Yale School of Forestry about
the use of Gophers for distributing his EDEX data sets. Please contact
Tom directly with any questions, comments, or contributions. His
telephone number is (203) 432-5140.
Una Smith Biology Department smith-una at yale.edu
New Haven, CT 06511