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The advent of the Internet and proliferation of materials on it has brought significant and rapid change in scholarly communication. Perhaps more gradually has come the posting of research data for sharing with other researchers in the field. This volume describes several projects that have made environmental and ecological researchers' data freely available online. Librarians from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), from one regional agency based in Oregon, one university, and one research corporation describe aspects of the online data projects developed by their respective institutions. A sixth paper, from a librarian at State University of New York University at Buffalo, follows the development of online research data in a specific field, acid rain research, from a variety of types of research programs. A common theme in these papers is the interdisciplinary involvement of researchers who produce and use data in the fields of environmental and ecological studies.