I am delighted to see NEON reach this stage. I chaired a working group as part of a project at the American Institute of Biological Sciences, that helped develop early plans for NEON, a white paper laying out the rationale for NEON and a plan for developing and governing NEON.
NEON is a very different animal now, as it should be. It's grown and matured. I think it will prove to be as important to environmental biologists in the coming decades as GENBANK is to molecular biologists.