ipv6 arrives at ibiblio

Many thanks to UNC’s network master, Jim Gogan, for creating an ibiblio VLAN this morning and enabling ipv6 support for us in the process!

ipv6 in the ibiblio office heralds the return of WCPE’s ipv6 Internet stream, accessible via http://audio-ipv6.ibiblio.org:8000/wcpe.mp3

You’re invited: A Discussion with danah boyd

The University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, Ibiblio.org and the UNC Social Software Working Group are proud to present a discussion with danah boyd.

Who: danah boyd
Where: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus
When: September 14, 2006. 2-3:30PM.
Note: Seating limited, refreshments provided.

About danah:
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.

About this discussion:
The discussion will be structured by audience questions. The audience is asked to submit questions in advance. Questions may be submitted to Fred Stutzman at fred@metalab.unc.edu. From these submitted questions, we’ll structure a discussion that will be open and wide-ranging.

Please feel free to forward this announcement as appropriate.

Johns Hopkins weblogs running on Lyceum, blog software developed by ibiblio

Johns Hopkins Weblogs are now running on Lyceum, a blogging services system developed by ibiblio. More info at the Lyceum blog.

Citizen Journalism Unconference


I’m pleased to announce that we’re planning a BarCamp in the Raleigh-Durham area! A BarCamp is an unconference where lots of geek-oriented people get together to chat, teach, learn, eat and have fun. If you’ve never been to an unconference before, they are a lot of fun and worth experiencing.

We’re in the very early stages of planning BarCampRDU, but we know a couple of things we need. We need people to help out with BarCampRDU’s planning and execution. We need sponsors to help cover the costs of refreshments and materials. We need space to host the conference (150 people, hosted on a Saturday). Most importantly, we need campers to come learn, teach and have a great time at BarCampRDU.

To get involved, you’ll want to visit the BarCampRDU website, where you can see the preliminary planning that’s gone on. You should also subscribe to the BarCampRDU mailing list, as this will be the place we have most of our planning discussions. However, if you just have a simple question – don’t hesitate to contact me at fred@metalab.unc.edu.

BarCampRDU will be free for all campers, it will be hosted on a Saturday in July (possibly July 8th), and everyone is invited to attend (You need not be from RDU area). To help spread the word, we ask that you blog about BarCampRDU, email your friends, whatever. We can only get the word out with your help. Finally, I hope that you’ll think about coming out – BarCamps have been great successes around the country, and we’d like to do the same here!

The Ancient Way wins Horizon Interactive Award

The UNC Journalism and Mass Communication School produced The Ancient Way (hosted by ibiblio.org) was named top in their category for the Horizon Interactive Awards. Gabriel Dance, who worked with ibiblio.org, was in Galacia working on the project last summer and contributed to the project as did my collegues Rich Beckman, Pat Davidson, Alberto Cairo and Laura Ruel.

The judges said:

[G]reat use of video, photography, audio and a website. This site is more than an online magazine or news site… it is an experience. Visually it is well done. the navigation is simple and clean. The content speaks for itself.

Smallwood Foundation to support Lyceum

ibiblio’s Lyceum multi-user blogsphere got a boost from The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas today. The Foundation awarded Lyceum a $25,000.00 gift through the UNC School of Information and Library Science to be used for promotion and stablization of the project. More details in an upcoming press release from the School.

To test drive Lyceum, visit the Demo site.

Thanks to Fred and especially to JJB for making Lyceum real!

Documenting the American South wins Lincoln Award

Documenting the American South (hosted at ibiblio.org) was just named winner of the 2006 Electronic Lincoln Prize from Gettysburg College.

The $10,000 award is given for significant contribution in new media to scholarship about Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier, or a subject relating to the Civil War era.

“The winner of the Electronic Lincoln Prize proves that the historian’s work can be immensely improved if scholars move fully into the 21st Century,” said Gettysburg College Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies Gabor Boritt, who serves as chair of the Electronic Lincoln Prize.

Gettysburg College press release.

Creative Commons Copyright Criminals Remix Contest

My buddy Kembrew McLeod, with whom I sent a cease and desist letter to Leo Stoller, wants you to know that there is a contest to mix music for his new movie:

This is a contest for artists to mix audio tracks under 4 minutes which use provided voice samples from Ben Franzen and Kembrew McLeod’s forthcoming film, “Copyright Criminals.” Samples from the film include voiceovers from De La Soul, DJ Qbert, members of Public Enemy, Matmos, Coldcut, members of Negativland, and others. The best overall winner will be included prominently in the film and the top 11 other entries are to be included on a companion CD.

The deadline has been extended to March 14, and new samples from George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic) and Chuck D (Public Enemy) are added to the list of possible source material that you may use.

(Incidentally, another thing that Kembrew and I have in common is that we have both interviewed Chuck D… him for several hours and me for 15 minutes. I interviewed Chuck D for my perpetually in production documentary, which will soon have a new home here.)

Statement to US delegation to WIPO about the Broadcasting and Webcasting “rights” treaty

My name is John Bachir. I work at ibiblio.org, an organization affiliated with both the school of Information and Library Science, and the school of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. You may have known us as one of our two former names: sunsite, and metalab.

Ibiblio is home to over 1500 collections, including Project Gutenberg, which hosts transcribed plaintext files of public-domain works, and etree.org, which hosts public-domain audio files. We were mirroring GNU/Linux distributions and open-source software before it was cool. Ibiblio was, in fact, the first webserver on the Internet.

Given the wide variety of media used and delivered by ibiblio collections, the WIPO Broadcasting and Webcasting treaty poses significant problems for their work. Many of our contributors do work with public domain or alternatively licensed materials acquired from a very wide variety of sources. Even with existing laws, it is often quite a challenge for creators to determine if something downloaded online can be included in repositories or creative works, or who the rights holder is to begin with. The United States Copyright Office recently issued a report saying that the situation with orphan works is serious, and poses a real threat to dissemination and use, including scholarly and archival dissemination and reuse. Indeed, the report suggests that the copyright act needs amendment, to allow for some manner of limited liability for good faith searches.

The proliferation of rights, the difficulty of finding long-vanished copyright holders, and the fact that multiple copyrights could cover the same media, is already a huge unsolved problem. But at least today a creator knows that, in the United States, a work published before 1923, or a work under an appropriate alternative-license such as Creative Commons, can be put into a repository or used in a derivative or annotated work.

Imagine if, in addition to the existing crushing burden of rights clearance under copyright, creators also had a separate and entirely different obligation to clear Broadcast or Webcast rights–even on public-domain or Creative Commons works. Here we have yet another layer of the orphan works problem already existent in the copyright space. The difficulty of ascertaining whether works were originally derived from a broadcast or webcast incurs economic overhead in the use of public-domain works that has not existed for the past 200 years.

The same problems that the provisions of the Broadcast and Webcast treaty create for the work of ibiblio collections will be experienced by those in educational and academic fields at large. Furthermore, the treaty provides no apparent benefits to such communities. In fact, what little research there is examining the effects of the Rome Convention shows that such provisions are not in the best interest of the commercial sector either.

One would hope that policy made by a UN agency would be the result of careful research and public deliberation, with the intention of benefitting the societies and economies involved. But with the Broadcaster and Webcaster treaty, this is not the case. Instead, it is being created without feedback from the public sector or even the business community at large, under pressure and lobbying from huge media entities, in order to grant unnatural power to product distribution companies who add no value to creative works.

This treaty is bad for ibiblio, bad for education, bad for academia, bad for culture, bad for the economy, and good for News Corp. and Yahoo!. I urge you to do a comprehensive call for feedback from the creative and broadcast communities at large, and refuse to participate in a treaty not approved by the United States Congress. Thank you for your time.

SXSW Interactive

I’ll be attending SXSW Interactive this year. Lyceum will have been released two or three weeks beforehand, and I’m hoping there will be a bit of Lyceum buzz among a certain geeky, bloggy crowd at the conference.

The SXSW Interactive folks put together an open-registration blog:

The SXSW Interactive Community Blog is your space to discuss specific panels and events, rant about tech-related issues, wax philosophic, hookup with friends, talk about where to get some good BBQ… whatever. In fact, we want you to guide and develop this space according to your innermost needs and desires.

A great idea.

I think I’m the only ibiblian going. ibiblio friend and lab fixture Terrell is going as well. If any ibiblog readers out there are going to be there, drop us a note in the comments.

I also might swing by BarCampAustin.

Podcast of Facebook Talk

Brian Russell, of Audioactivism.org, has podcast Fred Stutzman’s talk on The Facebook. Check it out here! Thanks, Brian!

Political Orientation of the UNC Campus

I’m currently fascinated by The Facebook. Rather than being just another Friendster/Myspace clone, TheFacebook is a phenomenon on campus. Exactly why TheFacebook is such a hit remains debatable – but beside the point. In some recent research I completed, I found that nearly 90% of Undergraduates at UNC are on TheFacebook. Rather significant.

One of the interesting ways TheFacebook allows you to describe yourself in your service profile is by political orientation. Allowing students to classify themselves as either Very Liberal, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Very Conservative, Libertarian and Apathetic/Other (I merged the last two into one category in a very unscientific manner), you can actually use TheFacebook to begin to develop a political profile of students on campus.

In this first graph (click to see it full-size), the “political orientation” of UNC-Chapel Hill is presented. Males and Females are aggregated together, and the totals are plotted. As you can see, we still live on a liberal campus, but the conservative faction is quite substantial (i.e., not the aggrieved hyper-minority it often presents itself as). Interesting also is the lack of the oft-reported chasm between liberals and conservatives. Given the chance to describe themselves as “very liberal” and “very conservative”, most students choose to describe themselves as liberal, moderate, or conservative. It seems that college students represent a more moderate, centrist bloc than is often reported.

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In this second graph, we see a side-by-side comparison of the politcial views of UNC students by gender. Interesting is the tendency of female students to identify as liberal, and the relative equal distribution of male political views. While liberals and moderates outnumber conservatives in each case, a significant percentage of males and females identify as conservative.

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While none of this is particularly surprising to me (other than the large conservative faction), it is an interesting insight into the political orientation of UNC students. This may be especially interesting for prof’s who always wondered how their classes were politically oriented.

RNC 2004

JJB checking in. I’m currently working on a documentary film, tentatively named RNC 2004. I went to New York City during the Republican National Convention. I interviewed many protesters on the street, in addition to various political and media figures (partial list of interviewees here).

I’ve made a 3 minute promo for the film (no that’s not me with the microphone, it’s my friend Jonothan Bourland). You can also download the current cut of the entire 60 minute film: either a 300 MB Quicktime file or a torrent of the 3.8 GB full quality DVD image.

If you do watch either the promo or the rough cut, I would love to hear any and all feedback you have, either in the comments on the blog, or by email.

If you want to be kept up to date on the progress of the film, sign up on the email list (traffic will be light. maximum one email per week).

ibiblio sites blogged by Searls and Lessig

Alert ibiblian John Reuning noticed that Doc Searls has found the ibiblio BitTorrent site and has given it some electrons on his blog.
Ever alert and somewhat grumpy ibiblian Josh Meyer notices that Stay Free! (hosted here on ibiblio) and editor Carrie McLaren get electrons from Larry Lessig on his blog.

Music Business Strictly For the Birds

I’ve been working on a new blog-based website for ex-Byrds lead Roger McGuinn (http://tinyurl.com/amq46) and in the process have read a bit about the band’s history. I’ve been struck by how influential Roger McGuinn’s guitar sound has been, particularly on early (re: seminal) R.E.M. I had never made that connection before until I listened last evening for the first time in a couple of decades to the classic “Eight Miles High.” (I imagine the high-flying Byrds were smoking pot for medicinal purposes only.) Anyway, I came across a fascinating website documenting a Frontline television series last year on the death of the music industry that contained an interview with ex-Byrd David Crosby. (See Paul Jones’ blog on the newly formed connection between ibiblio and Frontline at http://tinyurl.com/9w2pw) I suppose the Crosby interview is no longer news, and I also imagine there are many bitter overweight sixties rejects complaining about Britney Spears’ tits, but, heck, the interview is compelling. Crosby’s in the “been there, done that” seat, and for that alone, it’s a valuable reflection on the horrors that occur when big biz and art collide (a hint: roadkill). Props to Crosby. The interview can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2vv5e.

Tuesday at the ‘Lab

Did you see the story about roaming buffalo herds in Maryland? Indeed, this story is accompanied by one of the strangest photos I’ve seen in a while.

How strange is this?

Turning to other events in the news…

CampusProgress posts the MP3 of the Jeff Tweedy/Larry Lessig free culture discussion that occurred at the NYPL last month. Download and enjoy – but there’s no metadata associated with the file, so you’ll have to add the info.

Introducing Bloggy!

For those of you who thought that Lyceum and Osprey were ibiblio’s two big development projects, we’ve got a little surprise. Our hardware and software hackers have been hard at work on the secret Bloggy project, which we unveil today! Surf over to the main site to see Bloggy in action.

For the meanwhile, here’s a pic…


Bret, Dining room DJ and podcaster

The guy who usually writes these entries is Bret Dougherty. Bret was featured in today’s Chapel Hill Herald in a long article on podcasting (for which see here). The article on paper and on the Herald website has a delightful picture of Bret in a beret! Look quickly because the links on the Herald site do not last forever.
The article gives good props to Dave Winer and does a good job of describing podcasting.

The Coming Crackdown on Blogging?

Declan writes:

Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign’s Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate’s press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

Smith should know. He’s one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.

In 2002, the FEC exempted the Internet by a 4-2 vote, but U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last fall overturned that decision. “The commission’s exclusion of Internet communications from the coordinated communications regulation severely undermines” the campaign finance law’s purposes, Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

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