WOWIE! What fabulous news! I learned about this on time, I swear, but am only blogging it now because life really does find a way to get in the way (this time, really, it was life: my partial excuse is that I was at a baby shower out of town!).
Dan Cohen is truly a cool guy. And it was recently announced that he would take the inaugural reigns of the Digital Public Library of America in April. This is good news. The DPLA has the potential to be an epic flop (I sincerely hope it will not be, but it has the potential, as anything does) or something that turns into a crucial stepping stone in the progress of digital library models and how digital information is accessed and used.
I first learned about Dan Cohen when a friend of mine, now a PhD student at UMSI, raved about him. Then, his name cropped up everywhere – a digital humanities course (obviously), discussions on the future of scholarly publishing (see PressForward), and at HASTAC 2011. He is a vibrant, enthusiasm-inducing speaker, and innovative thinker. I sincerely wish him well in his DPLA endeavors. I think he could really take this organization and make it a vital player in the fight for freeing up information, making our cultural resources and heritage accessible and usable for all.
Here’s a little more from Dan in a DPLA Q&A. Get excited!