“let the Osprey sooooooooar…”

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.

Torrent links:

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.

Announcing BarCampRDU – July 22, 2006, Raleigh, NC

I’m very pleased to report that we’ve secured a venue for BarCampRDU. The kind folks at Red Hat have offered us space at their Centennial Campus offices on Saturday, July 22, 2006. BarCampRDU will run from 8:30AM (registration and breakfast) to 5:30PM. Now that we’ve got a date, please go and add yourself as an attendee to the wiki!

Here’s some other valuable information:

  • To stay up-to-date with BarCampRDU planning (low-to-medium volume), add yourself to our ibiblio-hosted mailing list.
  • To keep up-to-date with BarCampRDU announcements (low-volume), add this blog’s feed to your newsreader.

Now that we’ve secured a date and a venue – we need sponsors. Sponsors will help cover the costs of feeding, caffeinating and t-shirting BarCampers. Sponsorship is absolutely crucial for BarCampRDU – so please consider (contact me at fred @ ibiblio.org if interested). Think of all the geeks you’ll be making happy.


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!

Open Content Alliance

UNC has officially joined the Open Content Alliance (OCA). The OCA describes itself as encouraging “the greatest possible degree of access to and reuse of collections in the archive, while respecting the content owners and contributors.” These content owners and contributors comprise a long list of corporations and academic institutions, including, surprisingly, MSN, who has joined in part to promote their new book search.

I think I speak for the lab denizens collectively in saying that we’re proud that our university is a member of this organization. We’re also proud that the spirit in which ibiblio was founded thirteen years ago is spreading throughout our larger culture.

Student Life on the Facebook

I’ve published a new “study” of the Facebook over on my blog – it can be located at Fred’s blog. The last two studies were posted to the Ibiblog, but this one is so long I didn’t want to crosspost. Here are some key findings:

  • Freshmen make an average of 65 new friends in their first semester.
  • Freshman political orientation does not change significantly in the first semester.
  • There are over 78,000 Freshmen pictured in the Facebook
  • You can see the rest over here…

    Lyceum private beta coming

    We’ll be announcing private beta testing of Lyceum next week. If you’d like to be one of our beta testers, please feel free to drop us a line at lyceum at ibiblio dot org.

    We’ve also rolled a new version of the Lyceum website, which should give you a little taste of what to expect from Lyceum.

    Notes from the Move

    New Servers (well, sort of!), New Racks (very new), New Datacenter (again, very new). Here’s pics from the ultra fun move.

    Jon Manages

    Boxes are Moved

    Boxes are Trucked

    Another View

    Don’t show this pic to OSHA

    A little art

    The new Racks

    Ibiblio is Hiring!

    It is with a profound sense of sadness and with the best wishes that we say goodbye to John as he moves on to his new job at Lulu. However, we’re a fast-moving shop, so we’d like to spread the word far and wide that we’re going to be soon accepting applications for a senior systems administrator/programmer full-time position. At the same time, we’ll be accepting applications for a entry-level student systems administrator position.

    The full time job will have a full req (after all, it is a state job), but here’s a little bit of what we’re looking for. We’d like someone with at least 5 years professional experience, in a hands-on high- or senior-level administrative capacity. Solaris, HP-UX, AIX junkies welcome to apply, but we’re a Linux shop, and that ain’t gonna change any time soon. This is an excellent job for a highly motivated administrator who feels ready to take on the task of one of the largest free-information sites on the internet. Of course, free-information-loving, GNU-friendly folks are our fave; but you’ve got to be friendly, understanding, and able to work in a team environment. Salary is a good deal better than non-profit, but we’re no investment bank, either. We do provide one of the coolest working environments around, however. We’ll be developing the req over the next week, so if you’re interested, send us a message at jobs at ibiblio.org.

    If you’re a UNC student, and interested in our entry-level admin job, please drop us a line as well (same address), and you’ll be hearing from us.

    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.

    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.


    Our publicity-shy lab buddy “T-Rel” has just debuted, to great fanfare, his wonderful little invention Cloudalicious.

    Look at its cute logo!

    Cute Little Clouds

    Using data scraped from del.icio.us over time, Cloudalicious constructs graphs of tagweights. It’s quite interesting to see how the group tends to settle on descriptive terminology over time. Simply pop in a website, and get its tag graph! Speaking of which, let’s give this thing a run through.

    Ibiblio’s Tag Graph
    Groklaw’s Tag Graph
    Tron Guy’s Tag Graph

    Very cool!

    Still Dreamin’

    With the mass departure of the ‘Big 4′ imminent in Chapel Hill, here’s some good news on ‘for the love of the hoops’ front, and I had to promote it…

    In particular, this is for the Tar Heel fans, who are crying for their lost ones at the elite level…Believe me, don’t boo-hoo, they’ll be back at an even higher level in two years…Just please take a look at the other half, and do not forget the ones that continue to slip through the cracks chasing the dream of getting to the elite University of North Carolina level.

    Check out the update on the sequel to “Hoops Dreams” from the original documentary team of director, Steve James; cinematographer-producer, Peter Gilbert; and producer, Frederick Marx.

    With that said, I thought you would like to see this update on this upcoming sequel because this story is not just a basketball story, it portrays a number of problems in cities across the country.

    I know a lot of you are like myself and loved the original “Hoops Dreams”, which may be one of the greatest American documentary films ever…Seriously. I hope that the sequel can play along with the first one at basketball camp lectures and career counseling sessions at inner-city high schools across the country.


    Pictures from Franklin

    Here’s a quick quick link to Fred’s galleries of Franklin street after the UNC win. Not too much mayhem, the night was beautiful and fun-filled.

    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…


    To Do This Weekend

    Updated: Sat, 10:30AM – Well, it appears that Designbox is only open from 10-6 on the Weekdays. Good luck getting over to Raleigh during those beyond-inconvenient hours. Too bad…sorry this rec didn’t work out.

    When you aren’t getting your basketball overload, head over to Raleigh to the Designbox Gallery to see the Paul Frederich curated show The Art of Hellcar. Hellcar, which you can check out here (scroll to the bottom), was introduced to me by Lab-friend Dave Mason – it’s great. The News and Observer gave it a writeup in this weekend’s Lifestyles. With art ranging from 25-100 dollars, it should be a great show.

    Here’s Designbox’s writeup:

    Opening up the gallery for 2005, Designbox is pleased to have our own Paul Friedrich curate a show comprised of 10 talented comic artists known for their work in HELLCAR. HELLCAR is a nationally distributed comic book magazine featuring the greatest cartoon talent in America. “The Art of HELLCAR” will feature original artwork and animation by the artists based on their comic strips.

    Artists of the show represent some of the best of the cutting edge of comic art in the country: from the dark monsters of Gus Fink (who currently has an ebay sale of a million dollars for all of his work for one year) to Casey Porn’s poodles in space ships. Additionally, Eric Knisely will be premiering the short animated feature “Gateless Gate,” a collaboration with Brooklyn’s Barnstormer, Mike Houston. Other artists include Paul Friedrich, Stephanie Freese, David Rose, Bob Schotte, Angi Shearstone, Chris Yambar, and Kevin Dixon.

    Designbox is located at 315 S. Bloodworth Street in Raleigh, NC.

    A New Look

    Hey, how do you guys like the new look for Notes from the ‘Lab? I migrated a the Scandanavia 1.2 template to 1.5, but I just wasn’t happy with its look. This new template is the awesome MinimaPlus template, with a new masthead. I really dig this design.

    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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