Enabling open source blogspheres
When I'm not doing my day job (or blogging), I spend part of my, ahem, copious free time at the University of North Carolina here in Chapel Hill. As part of my pursuit of a master's degree, I've had occasion to do some research related to ibiblio.org, a Web site that offers a little bit of just about everything and refers to itself as "the public's library and digital archive." (Some of you may know of ibiblio from one of its former names, "SunSITE" or "MetaLab." See the Wired article "Where Sharing Isn't a Dirty Word" for more about ibiblio.)
Anyhow, ibiblio not only offers collections of materials that contributors provide or create. The ambitious team there also is working on what sounds like a nifty project: Lyceum, a blogging initiative that involves "a stand-alone open-source application, written in PHP, utilizing the MySQL database as a backend." Of particular note: While "it's like blogger.com or livejournal.com in that it custom-generates weblogs," it promises flexibility in terms of deployment. "Lyceum is open source. You control the installation. You define the blogsphere. And with Lyceum's intelligent toolsets, conversation within the blogsphere is facilitated."
The project is not complete, but sounds promising. I look forward to learning more about Lyceum -- as well as another ibiblio project, Osprey, a peer-to-peer enabled content distribution system.
Now, however, I have to get back to my term papers...