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Design and Analysis Toolkit for Inventory and Monitoring (DATIM)

Project Description

The Design and Analysis Toolkit for Inventory and Monitoring (DATIM) project is a collaborative effort between the National Forest System (NFS) and Forest Service (FS) Research and Development (R&D), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA), and Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC) staff. The DATIM core team comprises both R&D and NFS staff from resource inventory and forest planning programs. The DATIM project has four modules:

  • Design Tool for Inventory and Monitoring (DTIM) assists national forests and grasslands and other users in determining objectives, questions, and metrics for monitoring plans.
  • Analysis Tool for Inventory and Monitoring (ATIM) enables users to analyze vegetation data to derive estimates of current conditions and trends on the Forest and surrounding landscapes.
  • Spatial Intersection Tool (SIT) enables users to add spatial attributes to DATIM datasets for use in ATIM.
  • DATIM Compilation System (DCS) enables users to add supplemental Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) attributes to DATIM datasets for use in ATIM.

User Guide

DATIM Training and Webinars

DATIM Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any social or economic or cultural data in DATIM as of yet?
All the data right now that is in DATIM and is planned to be offered in the near future of DATIM is veg - based data. However, if you are using the DTIM tool for the planning, you could still set up objectives, questions, and metrics that are based on non-vegetation data. You just wouldn't be able to get the estimates from DATIM. You have to go outside the tool and get those numbers from another source. You can still include it in your plan and show that it's part of your plan.
What data does DATIM include? Is Alaska included?
All data that is available right now in FIADB is available within DATIM. We are working on pulling in data from FSVeg. Yes, Alaska is there.
How can FVS be used with DATIM?
When you bring in data into the DATIM, you do have the option of running it through FVS. That seems to be something that is commonly done in the national forest system data. This process is not entirely straightforward in the sense. You have to get into the data compilation system (DCS). It's something that we call for high powered users also known as administrative users. These are a couple of people in each region that have access or can get access to use DCS. Once in the tool, the administrative users sees another wizard-based approach for running the data through FVS and the assignment of the correct variant for your location.
Does the system include non-forest system such as sagebrush/invasive species (e.g. cheat grass, etc.)?
The data is in DATIM, however we currently don’t have any estimates programmed in there to come up with an estimate of cover by species. That functionality is planned for future versions of DATIM.
Would one need to look to the FIA protocols to understand which data fields are fully populated and which are optional? Or are there metadata that can be accessed through DATIM?
We recommend that you work very closely with your FIA unit to determine what exactly was collected including specific information/ specific metadata.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at datim@fs.fed.us.

User Roles in DATIM

The following are user roles in DATIM. The role an individual user is assigned to, determines what functions are available in DATIM. To request a specific user role, please contact the DATIM team at datim@fs.fed.us.

Guest User

Non-logged in users are given basic privileges in DATIM. The user can generate reports in ATIM using existing datasets. With SIT, the user can create spatial plot intersections with fuzzed and swapped coordinates and include the SIT generated attributes in ATIM reports. The output can be printed or saved to a local file directory, but not saved directly to the DATIM data mart for later retrieval. The guest user does not have access to the DATIM Compilation System (DCS). The user can create a project in DTIM and get estimates from ATIM. While the user cannot save their DTIM project to the DATIM data mart, they can use a project link to load the project back into DTIM in future sessions.

By default, users of any role can use SIT with the fuzzed and swapped locations, even when not specified with the following user roles.

Registered User

This is the default user role granted to new users. When the user is logged in, they can create new reports in ATIM and save them to the DATIM data mart. Those saved reports will remain accessible for as long as the user remains registered with DATIM. The user can access their reports in future sessions and edit or delete them at will. The user can also create and save DTIM projects to the DATIM data mart for later retrieval. In SIT, the user can create intersections and save those attributes to an analysis to include in reports. The DATIM Compilation System (DCS) is unavailable to this user.

Forest Administrator

This role is intended for local administrators of the National Forest System (NFS) and Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) analysts. The user is granted the same permissions given to the Registered User. In ATIM, the user can delete or archive analyses owned by them. In SIT, the user can use the actual coordinates for plots on lands that fall within the user’s affiliated area (National Forest owned plots only). SIT intersections with actual locations are subject to the 250-acre rule. In addition, this user is able to create new analysis datasets and standard analysis report templates for use by other ATIM users. They also have access to the DATIM Compilation System (DCS) which enables the user to add FVS attributes to an analysis. If you are a Forest Administrator and want to request this role, please email us at datim@fs.fed.us. Your Regional Administrator must approve this role assignment.

Regional Administrator

This role is intended for NFS and FIA Regional Administrators. In addition to the permissions granted to the Forest Administrator, this user is also able to create new DATIM Datasets, which can in turn be used to create new analyses. In ATIM, the user can delete or archive analyses for their Region. In SIT the user can use actual coordinates for NFS owned plots within the user’s affiliated area for intersections for reporting in ATIM or DTIM. They can also use the actual locations for both private and NFS lands when developing estimation units and strata. SIT intersections with actual locations are subject to the 250-acre rule. The DATIM Compilation System (DCS) is available to this user. In addition, the user can assign user roles and manage user groups on behalf of other registered users within their region or FIA unit. If you are a Regional Administrator and want to request this role, please email us at datim@fs.fed.us.

Spatial Data Services (SDS)

This role is intended for Spatial Data Services (SDS) staff requiring advanced SIT privileges for creating plot intersections and/or estimation units but who are not actual administrators. The user is granted the same SIT privileges given to the Regional Administrator for using actual coordinates for plots on NFS owned lands that pass the 250-acre rule check. In future versions, the user can use actual coordinates for plots on all lands that fall within the user’s affiliated Region with or without restriction by the 250-acre rule. The same privileges granted to the Registered User for ATIM and DTIM are available to this user. The DATIM Compilation System (DCS) is unavailable to this user. If you are a regional SIT specialist and want to request this role, please email us at datim@fs.fed.us. The Region Administrator must approve this role assignment.

Administrator

This role is restricted to national level personnel. The user has full privileges for accessing ATIM, DTIM, DCS, and user roles and accounts. In ATIM, the user can delete or archive any analysis in DATIM. The user is able to use SIT with publicly available locations, and can disable/enable use of actual locations for other users with access.

Wheels

This is a supplementary role available to DATIM Administrators to complete additional high level tasks for application testing purposes.

Future Roles

FIA Staff

This role is intended for high level FIA staff members who are authorized to access actual coordinates for plots on all lands without restriction by the 250-acre rule. The user can also create new analyses. This role will be available in DATIM 9.1.

Contacts

For help, email datim@fs.fed.us.

More Information

Project Leadership Team

  • Elizabeth Burrill - Core Team Leader, USFS, Northern Research Station, FIA
  • Gretchen Andrew - Development Project Manager, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

US Forest Service Core Team

  • Jim Alegria - NFS, Washington Office, Forest Management (Retired)
  • Charlene Breeden - NFS Region 9, Regional Office
  • Elizabeth Burrill - FIA - Northern Research Station
  • Renate Bush - NFS Region 1, Regional Office
  • Ali Conner - FIA - Southern Research Station
  • Joseph Donnegan - FIA - Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • James  Menlove - FIA - Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Randall Morin - FIA - Northern Research Station
  • Marin Palmer - FIA - Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Kristen Pelz - FIA - Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Carol Perry - FIA - Southern Research Station
  • Scott Pugh - FIA, Northern Research Station
  • Carlos Ramirez - NFS Region 5, Regional Office
  • Michael Schanta - NFS Region 9, Mark Twain National Forest (Retired)
  • Sharon Stanton - FIA - Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Emrys Treasure - NFS Region 8, Regional Office
  • James Westfall - FIA - Northern Research Station

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Southern Utah University (SUU), and U.S. Forest Service Developers Team

  • John Bertini - UNLV, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Gary Brand - SUU, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Gregory Buczek - UNLV, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Brian Cordova - UNLV, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Ervin “Skeeter” Czimskey - UNLV, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Winnie David - UNLV, Research Assistant
  • Jim Pollard - UNLV-FIA Program Director
  • Bryan Lanier - FIA - Rocky Mountain Research Station, IT Specialist
  • Marcus McElhaney - Region 5, Regional Office, Systems Analyst/Programmer
  • Edward “Eddie” Muñoz - UNLV, Computer Systems Analyst
  • Mike Schanta - SUU (USFS Retired) Subject Matter Specialist/ Tester
  • Joseph Zeiler - NFS Region 1, Systems Analyst/Programmer, Planning

NFS-FIA Liaisons

  • NFS R1 Renate Bush
  • NFS R2 Laurie Swisher
  • NFS R3 Wayne Robbie
  • NFS R4 Jock Blackard
  • NFS R5 Carlos Ramirez
  • NFS R6 Vacant
  • NFS R8 Emrys Treasure
  • NFS R9 Charlene Breeden
  • NFS R10 Barbara Schrader

Background

DATIM was first piloted in April of 2013 as an effort to assist National Forests with their planning, inventory and monitoring needs. National Forests need statistically sound and defensible estimates of status and trends that are consistent over time and space. FIA data have these characteristics and are freely available for use at broad scales. In addition, FIA uses a spatially balanced design which can be used for any subset of the area and thus data can be associated with other spatial datasets (resources). DATIM has since expanded to include serving the public.

DATIM is based on the following needs:

  • Improve monitoring designs and data analyses by developing nationally consistent tools
  • Leverage existing data, research and tools, including Regional Inventory and Monitoring tools, FSVeg, and the FS Geospatial Interface
  • Use Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) data as base level for intensification
  • Draw upon FIA’s research into estimation methods and on optimal sampling and plot design
  • Build upon existing FIA design and analysis tools
  • Focus on National Forest System needs, including climate change monitoring, then generalize
  • Address emerging monitoring requirements at the forest and landscape levels associated with climate change, carbon reporting, bio-fuels, and sustainability

DATIM Data Source Information

Related Links

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Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC)
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