Joey Carr presents Linux Video to TriLUG

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.

NC House Appreciates iBiblio

NC House Congratulations

This just in (click on image for a larger copy):


North Carolina
House of RepresentativesCertificate of
Acknowledgement and Congratulations
Whereas, October 31, 2007 will be the 15th anniversary of the first public demo of sunsite.unc.edu, which is now known as iBiblio.org; and

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.

(signatures)

Joe Hackney – Speaker
Attested by Denise Weeks – Principal Clerk
Representative Deborah Ross – District # 38
Representative Verla Insko – District # 56

Dan Gillmor: We the (Traditional) Media

In November Dan Gillmor visited us and gave a talk about the new directions that technology is making available to traditional as well as the non-traditional media.  The talk is available for download as part of the ibiblio speaker series.

Over 16.4 Million Requests Answered in One Day

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).

Dec 8: ibiblio at NCREN Community Day

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.

CH-Scene and Butch’s paper get NandO electrons

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.

A Discussion with dana boyd

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.

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.

Get Eclipse 3.2 aka Callisto via torrent.ibiblio.org

Callisto is here 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.

21st Century Librarian Program grants

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)

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.

BarCampRDU

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!

Folkstreams.net in Endeavors

ibiblio’s Folkstreams.net is featured in this quarter’s Endeavors, the Magazine of Research and Creative Activity at the University of North Carolina, in a full page article “Films of the Folk” by Margarite Nathe.

Clearware.org launches

This project really tickles my fancy.

Clearware.org aims to make End User License Agreements (EULAs) easy to read for people like you and I, not just the lawyers who write them. Clearware.org specifies a style of summary very similar to a Creative Commons deed that highlights the important points of the license so you can take it all in at a glance.

In addition, and this is the part that I think is the coolest, Clearware.org specifies how to mark up a license as an RDF document so that the license can be understood by third party programs. This sort of semantic markup would eventually allow users search for software based on licensing terms!

We’re very happy to host this innovative new project!

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.

Welcome iCommons

ibiblio has recently added a very cool new collection: iCommons, a new initiative incubated by Creative Commons that aims to “develop a united global commons front.”

Yesterday, Lawrence Lessig blogged a little more about the ambitious aim of the iCommons project, which “reaches far beyond the infrastructure that CC is building… to bring together a wide range of people in addition the CC crowd – including Wikipedians, Free Software sorts, the Free Culture kids, A2K heroes, Open Access advocates, and others”.

The iCommons crew has been very nice to work with. We’re very happy to have the opportunity to contribute to their effort.

Lyceum Public Beta

In preparation for the formal announcment and code release at the end of this month, the Lyceum team is running a public test intallation of the code. Check it out:

Lyceum Public Beta

The front page explains everything. Basically, sign up for a blog (or several), write posts, adjust settings, comment on other people’s blogs, and then send bug reports to lyceum-bugs AT lists DOT ibiblio DOT org.