This site is intended to serve as a source for identifying datasets that are useful to the study of ecology and quickly figuring out the best ways to use them. The idea is to use the knowlege and effort of the entire ecological community to compile this information rather than relying on each scientist to contribute information for their own studies. Just think of it as the Wikipedia of ecology data.
The site is developed and maintained by Ethan White and has been strongly influenced by input from Zack Brym, Morgan Ernest, and Allen Hurlbert. But this isn't our site, it's everyone's site, and the hope is that decisions will be collectively made by the community of users. Also, if there are any Drupal developers that want to lend a hand with developing the site, Ethan would be more than happy to have some help.
The site runs on the Drupal content management system and hosting costs are currently covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Given the low annual costs of operation it should be relatively easy to maintain this site semi-permanently.