Back in the early 1990s, I was "hoisting" web pages onto the Internet with a colleague David Green who worked at the New York Foundation for the Arts on the Arts Wire project. David (and Arts Wire) is long gone, but recently David contacted me to tell me of a new collection of essays he has edited on "cyberinfrastructure"
We all remember how the First Wave of the Internet hit: the first time we used a web-browser, the first time we ventured forth with our (or our institution's) first website, the first time we started using web-based resources. Now a Second Wave is about to hit: Cyberinfrastructure. This unwieldy new word connotes the combination of a whole new generation of computing power, massive online data resources and new capabilities for online working collaboration with peers. The National Science Foundation is convinced cyberinfrastructure will transform the conduct of the sciences and that other academic disciplines will soon follow. The director of the NSF has gone so far as to say that it will "usher in a technological age that dwarfs everything we have yet experienced in its sheer scope and power."
I've just guest-edited a "special issue" of an online journal/site, Academic Commons, on the topic of Cyberinfrastructure and the Liberal Arts and I thought you might be interested in either the subject as a whole or one part of it - the future of scholarship, how disciplines might be changing, how the role of campus museums might change quite radically, and so on.
The table of contents can be found here.