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July 1, 2005 -- No. 301

Information technology projects
honored for vision, leadership

By WANDA MONROE
School of Information and Library Science

CHAPEL HILL — Computerworld has honored two projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, recognizing them for using information technology with vision and leadership.

The projects are ibiblio, a contributor-run digital library designed to advance the sharing of information, and the open video digital library, which collects and makes available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library and other research communities.

The projects were among 162 laureates selected by the Computerworld Honors Program from more than 250 nominated from around the world. IBM Chief Executive Officer Sam Palmisano nominated ibiblio; Michael Dell, founder of Dell Inc., nominated open video. Nominees are recognized for contributions to the global information technology revolution and positive impacts on society.

Laureates were asked to submit case studies to the Computerworld Honors Collection, available online at www.cwheroes.org.

Of the 162 laureates, ibiblio and open video were two of 48 finalists for this year’s 21st Century Achievement Awards from the honors program, granted in 10 categories. The UNC projects didn’t win, but program officials said becoming a finalist connotes significant innovation and accomplishment.

"This year’s finalists truly demonstrate how technology can significantly impact industries throughout the country," said Dan Morrow, a founding director for the Computerworld Honors Program. "The accomplishments they have achieved through the use of technology are outstanding historical contributions to the information technology revolution in every sense of the word."

School faculty members Paul Jones, ibiblio’s director and a clinical associate professor, and Drs. Gary Marchionini and Barbara Wildemuth, co-principle investigators of the open video digital library, attended Computerworld’s recent awards gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. They received engraved glass recognition awards, certificates and commemorative medallions.

Marchionini is the Cary Boshamer distinguished professor in the school; Wildemuth is the Francis Carroll McColl term professor and associate dean for undergraduate studies.

ibiblio was honored in the education and academia category; open video, in the media, arts and entertainment category. The projects are available at www.ibiblio.org and www.open-video.org.

"I started my career in technology reading Computerworld, so it's a special delight to have ibiblio selected for this honor," said Jones, also a lecturer in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. "Over the past decade, a variety of folks have worked on ibiblio. This honor is for all of them."

ibiblio, created for and maintained by the public, hosts more than 1,500 Web sites. Dedicated to maintaining the open-source philosophy in the development and management of its collections, ibiblio offers software archives, music archives, large-text database projects and special exhibits.

Marchionini also credited his colleagues: "It is an honor for all the talented students and staff who are a part of open video to be recognized in this way."

The open video repository provides video clips from a variety of sources, especially video programs obtained from U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Records and Archives Administration and NASA. Open Video provides more than 2,400 video files and serves more than a million hits a month in classrooms, artistic productions and video retrieval research projects around the world.

The online case studies in the Computerworld Honors Collection are available to scholars, researchers and the public. The collection is primary source material for scholars and a resource for individuals seeking solutions to address challenges. Each year, the Computerworld Honors Chairmen’s Committee nominates organizations that use information technology to improve society for inclusion in the Computerworld Honors Online Archive and the Global Archives.

The Global Archives represent 100-plus institutions from more than 30 countries that include the Computerworld Honors Collection in their archives and libraries -- the UNC Library among them.

Governed by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation, a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation founded by International Data Group in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program searches for and recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways.

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School of Information and Library Science contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337 or wmonroe@email.unc.edu

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