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John Porter talks about the latest regarding the National Environmental Observatory Network (NEON) program. Jonathan Walsh shares his experience at the Web Services Workshop (February 2-5, 2004). Karen Baker, Shaun Haber and Marshall White discuss the Postnuke Portal Software.

DataBits continues as a semi-annual electronic publication of the Long Term Ecological Research Network. It is designed to provide a timely, online resource for research information managers and to incorporate rotating co-editorship. Availability is through web browsing as well as hardcopy output. LTER mail list IMplus will receive DataBits publication notification. Others may subscribe by sending email to with two lines “subscribe databits” and “end” as the message body. To communicate suggestions, articles, and/or interest in co-editing, send email to

—– Co-editors: Chi Yang (MCM), Jonathan Walsh (BES)

Table of Contents

Feature Articles
About this Issue1
NEON is Bursting Out All Over!John Porter2
Web Services Workshop (February 2-5, 2004)Jonathan Walsh3
Postnuke Portal Software: Community, Content, and Collaborative Management SystemKaren S. Baker5
Good Reads
Data Grids, Collections, and Grid BricksKaren Baker, Jerry Wanetick7
The Dry and the WetSteven Jackson7
An International Framework to Promote Access to DataDon Henshaw8