Dan Atkins is the author of the much-discussed "Atkins report" advocating and defining a US national strategy for cyberinfrastructure. Now he runs the National Science Foundation's new Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and in that position has the opportunity to execute on that report's recommendations--modulo the fact that he doesn't have the $1B budget that his report advocated.
Atkins has a new weblog, CI Topics, with pointers to many interesting documents. I like a recent talk he gave to the NSF Education and Human Resources Directorate. In particular, slides 17 onwards talk about the importance of "VOs"--the technologies and processes that enable communities to form and operate efficiently. I think this is just the sort of work required to scale the benefits of cyberinfrastructure to reach millions of researchers and students. Let's hope Dan can make it happen.