MetaCPAN aims to provide a free, open web service which provides metadata for CPAN modules.
MetaCPAN is based on ElasticSearch, so it provides a RESTful interface as well as the option to create complex queries. The wiki provides a good starting point for REST access to MetaCPAN.
MetaCPAN allows authors to add custom metadata about themselves to the index. Log in to MetaCPAN to add more information about yourself.
See the installation page in the wiki to start playing with your own MetaCPAN installation.
If you'd like to get involved, find us at #metacpan or irc.perl.org or join our mailing list (see below) and let us know what you'd like to start working on.
You can find us at #metacpan on irc.perl.org
Our mailing list is open to all: http://groups.google.com/group/cpan-api