The era of extremely large, public databases in astronomy is upon us.
Such databases will open (are opening!) the field to new research and
new researchers. However it is important to be sure the resources are
available to properly archive groundbased astronomical data, and
include the necessary quality checks and calibrations. An NVO without
a proper archive will have limited usefulness. This also implies that
with limited resources, not all data can or should be archived. NASA
already has a very good handle on US space-based astronomical data.
Agencies and organizations that operate astronomical facilities,
particularly groundbased observatories, need to plan and budget for
these activities now. We should not underestimate the effort required
to produce high quality data products that will be useful for the