OCLC talk for May 2007

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ibiblio.org is the Public's Library and Digital Archive


"We help people who want to share information freely and legally"

"We are now enjoying our 15th year of service to the Net."

Radically Dedicated to Open Source, Open Information and Open Access


About ibiblio.org

What I said in 1992

Archives look for interesting collections; we look for interesting people creating interesting collections in interesting ways. We collect the collectors and empower them.

What I said in 2001

Open (source)ing the doors for contributor-run digital libraries Communications of the ACM. Volume 44, Issue 5 (May 2001). Pages: 45 - 46.

By adopting not only the open-source tools, but also the open-source philosophy encouraging community interaction and contributor involvement, digital libraries can open new horizons to new communities as well as greatly improve traditional services.

Five Big Ideas

  1. The Long Tail
  2. Democratizing Innovation
  3. Wealth of Networks
  4. Free Culture
  5. Laws of Simplicity

Power of Contributors

  1. Craigslist
  2. Wikipedia
  3. YouTube
  4. Red Hat Linux
  5. ibiblio.org



2002 2006
800 Collections 1600+ Collections
3 million ftp+www/day 15+ million ftp+www/day*
1 terabyte of data 8 terabytes of data
1 large server, 2 peripherals 22 www/vhosts
2 database servers 5 database servers
4 radio stations 7 radio stations
0 open-source projects 2 open-source projects

  • On December 12, 2006 -- Edvard Munch's birthday -- the Google logo link placed ibiblio's WebMuseum as the top Munch resource. That day we handled over 24 million requests in 24 hours! A great testimony to our server architecture and our great new hosting facilities at NCREN.

Traffic increase and dramatic cost reduction by innovative networking with NCREN, Cogent and National Lambda Rail


Osprey BitTorrent Service in full operation

Lyceum in Beta and in world-wide use

Folkstreams.net gets new IMLS funding

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