ibiblio is pleased to announce the addition of four new contributing projects to its Osprey bittorrent distribution system. The ibiblio-hosted or -mirrored projects now serving over torrent.ibiblio.org now include:
- Bintoo Linux
- Damn Small Linux
- EnGarde Linux
- the FreeDOS Project
- the ibiblio Speaker Series
- Project Gutenberg
ibiblio is pleased to disseminate its contributors’ content through innovative delivery methods which should speed downloads to end users while cutting bandwidth costs at the same time. If you are interested in serving content images over torrent.ibiblio.org, please drop a note to help at ibiblio.org.
A year ago, ibiblio began hosting Teachfor.Us, a place where Teach for America teachers can blog. Since then, TeachFor.Us has experience tremendous growth, and is gaining new readership and greater use every day. Big props to Adam Geller for working so hard to make this project happen.
The first TriLUG monthly Chapel Hill meeting will take place at 18:00 until 20:00 on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in room 208 at Manning Hall on UNC Campus. The talk is on Linux video editing, given by Joey Carr.
The talk will introduce the capabilities of several of the most basic tools in linux video production (kino/dvgrab, cinelerra, ffmpeg, and mencoder). Other tools and multimedia-focused linux distributions will be discussed. A basic production workflow will be demonstrated for video capture via IEEE 1394 (i.e. Firewire), and editing in Kino. Finally, options for DVD authoring will be covered in brief.
Joey previously worked as a Java developer and later as a business analyst for a medical informatics application service provider. He recently returned to UNC to study film and video production in the department of Communication Studies. He is currently working for iBiblio on their video speaker series and other projects.
Fedora Project leads have announced the availability of fedora-archives.ibiblio.org, a new Tier 1 mirror of the Fedora Project’s Linux distribution. The new mirror is accessible to official Fedora mirrors who are connected to the high-speed National Lambda Rail and Internet2/Abilene networks, and is the project’s first step towards a new mirroring hierarchy.
Matt Domsch of the Fedora Project sends ibiblio his thanks for the mirroring, while ibiblio sends its thanks to the Fedora Project for the donation of hardware support which made possible both the fedora-archives mirror and a greatly expanded Linux distribution archive on distro.ibiblio.org.
Library hopes to offer 1 million electronic books in 100 languages
By Jeffrey Thomas
USINFO Staff Writer
Washington – Thirty-six years ago, a student at the University of Illinois keyed the U.S. Declaration of Independence into a mainframe computer and offered it to others on the network that would become the Internet. Six users downloaded the file, inaugurating what its founder, Michael Hart, decided to call Project Gutenberg in honor of Johannes Gutenberg, the 15th-century German printer who started the movable type printing press revolution.
Using free computer time at his university, Hart keyed in the first 100 books himself and since has devoted his life to the project. Today, he often is described as someone who was a visionary ahead of his time; he has described himself as an “incurable romantic,” a “natural-born workaholic and idealist.” Hart grasped from the outset that his idea for a digital library could change the world, spurring literacy. Project Gutenberg became the first information provider on the Internet and is the oldest digital library with the largest single collection of free electronic books, or e-books.
Project Gutenberg gives away 3 million e-books a week from just one single site, www.ibiblio.org at the University of North Carolina, according to Hart. Most are books whose copyrights have expired in the United States, but there are also audio books, recorded music, sheet music, moving pictures and still pictures. The original video clip of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, just four hours before American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first person to step on the moon, is part of the collection, for example.
“The idea of Project Gutenberg is to bring the source of all information, and civilization, to the masses in the same way the Gutenberg press did in the middle of the second millennium, only in a modern manner,” Hart said.
The collection includes books in many languages other than English. For example, there are 1,053 books in French, 451 in German, 396 in Finnish, 279 in Dutch, 155 in Spanish, 114 in Italian, 113 in Portuguese, 54 in Tagalog, and even books in Frisian, Catalan, Nahuatl, Sanskrit and Iroquoian.
Hart has said he expects eventually to offer 1 million books in 100 languages as well as everything else in the public domain including graphics, music, movies, sculpture, paintings and photographs.
Hart’s goal is simple: “We want to provide as many e-books in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible.” He added that e-books advance the dissemination of culture, literacy, democracy and civil society.
Project Gutenberg does not claim new copyright on titles it publishes. Hart instead has encouraged the free reproduction and distribution of the collection by such projects as the eGranary, which places Web resources on a server on university campuses in developing countries that have little or no Internet connectivity. (See related article.)
Hart does not ask for user fees or solicit large grants, insisting his collection’s e-books be free, keeping the project a virtual, rather than physical, entity and relying on volunteers. So far, more than 50,000 people have helped – “there are no dues, no membership requirements and still only the most general guidelines to making eBooks for Project Gutenberg,” he said.
Hart’s project has inspired such other digital libraries as Projekt Gutenberg-DE for classic German literature and Projekt Runeberg for classic Nordic literature.
One of Hart’s key principles is “noninterference” with volunteers. “Project Gutenberg’s staff and the organization as a whole can do the most good by setting up a set of tools and infrastructure to create and distribute e-books, and then let creative and energetic volunteers do work as they see fit,” he said.
A free DVD, whose contents also are available for downloading, contains 17,000 of the collection’s first 19,000 titles.
Hart said he believes e-books are also an environmentally friendly alternative to printing traditional books. And, most of the world cannot afford the traditional book, he added. “When it comes to owning entire libraries, it’s easier if they are e-books.”
There are more than 20,000 free books listed in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. No special e-book readers, software or other devices are necessary. More than 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources. The Science Fiction Bookshelf is offering a new compact disk for downloading that includes most of the collection’s science fiction titles.
Users also can create a CD or DVD image containing only the books they want, whether 20 or 2,000. For further information on how to download compilations of e-books, see Gutenberg: The CD and DVD Project.
Project Gutenberg is participating in the second annual World eBook Fair, which has more than 750,000 e-books, including historical documents, national literatures, children’s literature, medicine and reference, available for free downloading through August 4.
(USINFO is produced by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
This just in (click on image for a larger copy):
House of RepresentativesCertificate of
Acknowledgement and Congratulations
Whereas, the iBiblio website digital repository and community have become cultural treasures of the state of North Carolina, and
Whereas, iBiblio has played a pivotal role as both a medium and advocate for the free and open sharing of digital information.
Then, therefore this Eighth Day of March
In the Year of Two Thousand Seven,
Representatives Deborah Ross and Verla Insko recognizeiBiblio
For its commitment and contributions to technology and culture,
and to the North Carolina community as a whole.
Joe Hackney – Speaker
Attested by Denise Weeks – Principal Clerk
Representative Deborah Ross – District # 38
Representative Verla Insko – District # 56
Yesterday November 3, 2006 ibiblio delivered answers to over 16,409,292 requests! That’s total hits (excludes errors like File Not Found etc and not including Internet Radio listeners or Bittorrent or Rsync transactions).
We’ll be a big part of the upcoming North Carolina Research and Education Network Community Day on December 8th at MCNC in the Research Triangle Park, NC.
I hate that it’s the same day as the UNC Social Networking Symposium which is very much worth your while.
Both events require advance registration.
ibiblio strives to serve its content in new and innovative ways! We have recently added the Fedora Core Linux distribution version 6, the Open Office 2.0.4 release, and an MPEG video of Danah Boyd’s talk as part of the ibiblio Speaker Series to Osprey, our in-house Bittorrent software project. You may view all offered permaseeds via http://torrent.ibiblio.org, and direct all thanks and praise to John Reuning, Osprey’s creator and maintainer.
Expanding on the work of a previous IMLS grant, UNC’s ibiblio.org digital library will archive, digitize, and video stream 35 new documentary films. Partnering with Folkstreams, Inc. and the University’s Southern Folklore Collection, the project will produce a guide to best practices in video digitization; add 20 new video clips to its Video Aids for Film Preservation; and create portals, guides, and outreach materials for senior citizens and teachers. Rare documentaries will provide knowledge of American folklife to these two distinct audiences using the easy-to-access folkstreams.net Website.
Former ibiblian and current LCian Butch Lazorchak gets electrons on the News and Observer Music blog for his work (called wonky) “CH-Scene: Communication Theories and Musical Communities” (hosted on ibiblio as is the CH-Scene) and his record company Squealer.
danah boyd recently delivered a talk here at UNC. It was great fun and we captured it on video so that everyone can enjoy it. The video is now available on the ibiblio speakers site.
boyd, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, explores how young people negotiate the presentation of self in online mediated contexts. Her research focuses on how this young audience engages with “digital publics” – connected social spaces such as MySpace, LiveJournal, Xanga and YouTube.
Currently, boyd is a Graduate Fellow at the USC Anneberg Center, and social media researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley. Her recent work has explored diverse topics such as the creation of digital publics in Myspace.com (Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace), the design of culturally adaptive software (G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide), and the exploration of folksonomy (HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy, Flickr, Academic Article, ToRead).
At Berkeley, boyd is advised by Peter Lyman and Mimi Ito. She holds an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied with Judith Donath at the Media Lab, and a B.A. from Brown University. boyd is frequently cited in top media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and Salon.com. She even went toe-to-toe with scary old Bill O’Reilly once. boyd blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/, a must-read destination for those interested in social technology.
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The great ibiblio move of 2006 is moving along nicely. Here are the major components, and their current states:
- Sign contract with new hosting provider (done)
- Install initial server and test connectivity (done)
- Migrate multimedia streaming servers (done)
- Migrate distribution, Lyceum, Osprey and SVN/Trac servers (done)
- Migrate the rest of the servers, as they’re inter-dependent and can’t be broken apart:
… on this Friday evening, beginning around 8:00 p.m. EDT, the main ibiblio web site, all virtually hosted sites, and peripheral sites such as stats.ibiblio.org, torrent trackers, mailing list, e-mail, and login services will be unavailable as we make our final push to move ibiblio to its new home. Internet radio streams, distro.ibiblio.org, lyceum.ibiblio.org, osprey.ibiblio.org and source.ibiblio.org will remain available.
To minimize downtime of web services, we are also migrating from our current web cluster hardware to the hardware donated for our new cluster, already installed and in testing stage in our new home. The old cluster will remain up in a read-only capacity until all DNS has propagated to the new location.
Here’s to a smooth transition!
John writes to alert us that Eclipse 3.2 also known as Callisto is out and ready for download. The best way to get Callisto is via BitTorrent from ibiblio.org’s torrent.ibiblio.org which John set up with Osprey. John and the ibib-torrent site gets great props (and the offer of a beer) on the Eclipse Blog. The ibiblio Eclipse site gets top billing on the Eclipse Downloads page as well.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the recipients of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grants. A UNC team that includes ibiblio.org will receive over $500k in support of our project, Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum and the Carolina Digital Curation Fellowship Program.
Members in the project include:
Helen Tibbo, Principle Investigator (PI) (for School of Information and Library Science)
Cal Lee, Co-PI (for School of Information and Library Science)
Charlie Green (for ITS)
Paul Jones (for ibiblio.org and School of Information and Library Science)
Sarah Michalak (for UNC Academic Libraries)
Natasha Smith (for UNC Academic Libraries)