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Bebo White speaking on Web Science @ibiblio speaker Monday October 28 3pm

What: First American webmaster to discuss emergence of Web science
When: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 3 p.m.
Where: Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall, UNC
Tag: #BeboUNC
Official Speaker site:
Bebo White in Stockhom

Video of Bebo’s talk here by UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Bebo White, considered to be the “first American webmaster” and one of the founders of the Web engineering discipline, will speak at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Freedom Forum Conference Center.

The talk, titled “Emergence of Web Science,” is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the UNC School of Information and Library Science and

For almost two decades the Web has been largely described in terms of the technologies, infrastructure, processes, and methods that define it and the applications it supports. In contrast, White will discuss the emerging discipline of Web science, which seeks to understand the phenomenon that is the Web as an independent entity and the ecology in which it exists.

Web science explores the roles and the impact that the Web has had and will continue to have in the 21st century. As a result, studies in Web science will help us to understand how the technology might evolve and how we can be prepared for the future Web.

About Bebo

White is a departmental associate (emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the U.S. national laboratory for high-energy physics and basic energy science at Stanford University. Working as a computational physicist, he first became involved with the emerging Web technology while on sabbatical at CERN in 1989.

Upon his return he was part of the team that established the first non-European Web site at SLAC – the fifth site in the world. Since, his academic research interests have evolved in parallel with Web technology.

In addition to his work at SLAC, he also holds faculty appointments at other institutions; is a member of the organizing committees of a number of major conferences series, including the International WWW Conference, the International Web Engineering Conference, the Web Science Conference and the IADIS Conference on Web/Internet; and is a frequent conference speaker and paper reviewer.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has selected him to be a part of their Distinguished Speaker Program. He is the author (or co-author) of nine books, and more than 100 papers and journal articles. His current research interests are Web science, social media in education, cloud computing and the Web of Things.

While at UNC, White played in a jug band with J-school senior lecturer Jock Lauterer. Jock played the hose. Bebo, a juggist, still performs, now with The Tarantulas.

For more about Bebo White, visit

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About this ibiblio place

Recently I was asked to explain what ibiblio may be. Not once but three different ways. I did two at once. I’ve already posted the 2 minute animation involving space travelers earlier.

At‘s RTP180: Open Source All Things, I had 5 minutes to talk and show slides. So I talked. And I showed slides. But they weren’t completely related — sort of like the eclectic collections here on ibiblio.

Jen Wike reports at in an article “Bringing open source to the masses, one small, local conference at a time” that:

Professor Jones presented examples of public and operating projects on ibiblio and asked people to contribute in order to:
remove obstacles for cooperation
increase social involvement locally, nationally, global
preserve thousands of database-driven projects

Slides of 60 currently accessible ibiblio projects, representing less than 1% of what’s here:

Video of me talking as the slides were shown:


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Swannanoa Tunnel(s) on ibiblio

Roger McGuinn began placing a new folk song on the internet for free download on November 1, 1995 at his Folkden site. That first song was a cowboy song, “Old Paint.” Now 18 years and over 200 songs later Roger shares his version of “Swannanoa Tunnel,” a song I first heard performed not far from Swannanoa by Lamar Bascom Lunsford in the 1960s.

Another ibiblio-hosted site, Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index cites 17 other versions of the song and some alternative tunes and lyrics and names.

You can enjoy this musical bit of North Carolina history as performed by Roger here:
Swannanoa Tunnel
Image source and more about the Tunnel at Black Mountain Heritage Mural Project

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