Talk:15 Years of sunsite/Metalab/ibiblio

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Raise funds

How about a PayPal "donate now" button on ibiblio pages, similar to those on Wikipedia pages? Una Smith 19:04, 11 February 2007 (EST)

Working on UNC to accept PayPal. We may have to collect through another 501-C (3) not for profit to make this happen though. --Pjones 21:13, 11 February 2007 (EST)

If PayPal gets worked out, I've found bounties posted on can do some amazing things quickly. Post a bounty on fundable for something you need (hardware, software, man hours for development, etc.) which will return an identifiable benefit to patrons. If you want a line on an allied NGO which could help with Paypal, please contact me. Hard to raise funds without being able to accept fund. --Cbc 16:23, 27 February 2007 (EST)

Hey Cbc, would you send Paul an email? pjones at should grab his attention. I'll throw my voice in the chorus calling for PayPal. I'll also second the call for a 501(c)(3) that can accept funds for us. Cheers, Cristobalpalmer 10:45, 28 February 2007 (EST)

I know ibiblio has received several grants (IMLS and others?) in the past. I would be more than happy to look into further grant possibilities. One idea: I've been doing research recently using Lucene for info retrieval experimentation. Not sure how ibiblio's current search is performing, but we might be able to do something interesting here. --Miles Efron

Raise ibiblio's profile internationally

Dust off the English language Wikipedia entry for ibiblio, add some grapics (charts showing growth over time of collection size, hits, gigabytes delivered, etc.) and then recruit translators to produce companion Wikipedia pages in other languages. Una Smith 19:04, 11 February 2007 (EST)

Good idea! Except one is not to edit/write one's own entry in Wikipedia. Believe me, it's hard to resist. So please do grab info from our 2006 annual report on this wiki and add it on in as appropriate. --Pjones 21:12, 11 February 2007 (EST)
It would not violate Wikipedia policy for you to answer questions on the ibiblio talk page. Provide sources, etc. The questions there reflect what the world wants to know about ibiblio, which seems rather different from what ibiblio folks want the world to know. Una Smith 11:00, 12 February 2007 (EST)
Done here with a bunch of references that will help build a better article.--Pjones 11:38, 12 February 2007 (EST)
I will ask some of my friends if they could whip out quick French and Italian translations for us. Jmf 05:04, 12 February 2007 (EST)
There is a brief Russian language version here--Pjones 11:40, 12 February 2007 (EST)

Search wikispace and the open web, looking for mentions of ibiblio, and update them as needed. For example, there are many references to that are not links; those could be edited to link to a wikipedia page, or to the ibiblio website. Lots of work to be done there. (I had to do this for my collections each time the hostname changed from sunsite to metalab to ibiblio. I wrote a short form e-mail and sent it out whenever I could identify an e-mail address for a person responsible for the page. Does anyone know of a script to help automate this chore? Sometimes I wish I had sprung for a domain name early on... Maybe I will revisit that idea. Except then I'll have to do the name change routine all over again...) Una Smith 11:55, 12 February 2007 (EST)


This is general PR stuff but Paul suggested putting it up so I'm putting it here for lack of a better place.

Basically the idea would be to create short, high-impact YouTube-type vids and put them up on various services to get a little viral luv going. Don't really know what those would be but a few random ideas:

  1. Montage of information about the collections, with voiceovers.
  2. Camera going through the ibiblio offices, talking to people about what ibiblio does. Or camera on interesting ibibliopedians like Simon, id, etc. reminiscing.
  3. Camera going around to the contributors of the coolest collections talking aobut their collections.
  4. Camera going around town/UNC asking people about ibiblio.

Or all of the above sliced and diced. Also need some kind of slogan. "Ibiblio: 15 foo (collections, contributors, employees, war stories) for 15 years." Could be in 5 x 3 installments to make them shorter. I like "Jones's 15" (with apologies to "Ocean's 11," et seq.) but probably not all that useful.

An open question is how to balance the serious academic/literati aspect against the dig3rati-geek aspect. Are there two sets of vids or some kind of blend? Or just focus on the geek ones? --Mike_s

Roebot: Why not attend some of the open source conferences like OSCON?

Raise support (what kind of support?)

[throwing this in Support; possibly belongs elsewhere] Being curious, I asked Paul whether ibiblio ever had received recognition from the state, for being a world-recognized offshoot from UNC-CH, and he told me never. I think it would be cool to get a declaration of some sort from the General Assembly. Perhaps ibiblio could even garner some money from them (is that allowed)?

How might that be accomplished? Is there a more direct route than a letter campaign to our various representatives?

--MacHett 21:41, 18 February 2007 (EST)

Thanks for your great idea! Someone picked it up and ran with it (thanks rayme). 21:29, 13 March 2007 (EDT)

Raise a bit of anniversary celebration

I would like a new ibiblio logo for my pages. Black with fireworks, perhaps? Or white with colorful streamers and confetti? Una Smith 19:04, 11 February 2007 (EST)

I'll ask Dan if he will do this for us. Good idea! --Pjones 21:14, 11 February 2007 (EST)

I'd like to hear some sort of audio, streaming or otherwise, feat of amazing processing power to set a new standard for multimedia online. Kinda on the level of hosting the first streaming radio station. Like ibiblio did. Let me brainstorm more... --BrianR 11:59, 13 February 2007 (EST)

Why not start sponsoring an annual conference? Maybe you guys already do and I'm not aware of it. Seems like a good idea though. Specifically it could be about open source, free knowledge, freedom, leprechauns, etc. As it grows it would surely bring national notoriety. It would also give me an excuse to visit UNC. Assuming I were allowed to attend... Roebot

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