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Lyceum – Smallwood Press Release

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The news is going out on the Smallwood gift to ibiblio and the Lyceum project. I actually said/wrote some of what I’m quoted as saying. Thanks to Kelly and Wanda and especially to the Smallwood folks and to the Lyceum developers — here at ibiblio that’s JJB, Fred and Jameson.

Lyceum—innovative software for blogging

By KELLY MURPHY and WANDA MONROE
UNC School of Information and Library Science

Chapel Hill – Great news for those who create or wish to create two or many thousands of blogs (Web logs) with just one installation! Staff and students of ibiblio, located in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are developing innovative blogging software that allows individual communication exchange as well as large and varied group communication.
A powerful Web publishing system, Lyceum builds on WordPress software and allows for ease of use while maintaining high performance and security.
Lyceum, the multi-blog WordPress derivative, may accommodate installations with two or 200,000 blogs. It is ideal for corporate intranets or universities that need secure, manageable, and high performance blogging services for thousands of users. It expands on the familiar features, interface and tools of WordPress for users and administrators.
“As the Internet has grown and evolved, it has become a place of collaboration, a forum for discussion and a medium used to exchange information at the click of a button,” said Paul Jones, director of ibiblio. “This growth is exemplified by the open source software, blogs and other communication tools being used every day on the Web. What better way to expand on enhancing these opportunities to share ideas and thoughts than to offer software to make it easy to create and install blogs?”
The emerging generation of Web tools is often described as Web 2.0. According to the O’Reilly Network, which spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazine, and conferences, the concept of Web 2.0 emerged during a conference brainstorming session between O’Reilly and MediaLive International. Web 2.0 is an emerging generation of Web tools and one of its components is “social software.” Among this new software are blogs, wikis, trackback, podcasting and videoblogs.
A gift of $25,000 was awarded to SILS to create a fellowship in open source. The fellowship will be used to continue the development of the Lyceum blogging system, which is open source. The funding provided by the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, a grant-making foundation that promotes technology and education, will assist in refining the program and making it available to users around the world.
“The visionary gift from the Smallwood Foundation will allow us to take the next steps in innovation with Lyceum, that is to move the project from an early test state to software that can be widely used by a vibrant contributing community,” said Jones.
The $25,000 gift counts toward the university’s Carolina First Campaign goal of $2 billion. Carolina First is a comprehensive, multi-year, private fund-raising campaign to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.
Home to one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, ibiblio.org is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. ibiblio.org is a collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To access the collections of ibiblio, visit the Web site at: www.ibiblio.org
To test the Lyceum software, visit the “Lyceum Demo Installation” site at: http://demo.lyceum.ibiblio.org

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