History

of the name metalab

In 1992, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill developed SunSITE, which was to be an archive and an information sharing project for the public. It was funded by grants from Sun Microsystems, and thus the name. The relationship with Sun came to an end (an amicable one, according to the ibiblio FAQ. The change in name was for a "vendor-neutral name that expressed what our project has evolved into over the years") and the name was changed to MetaLab. It collaborated with various sources, including academic institutions, corporate businesses, and information technology entrepreneurs. In September 2000, MetaLab began to collaborate with the Center for the Public Domain; the name was changed to ibiblio to reflect the goal of being "the public's library and digital archive".

ibiblio is one of the oldest WWW Internet websites and a large conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. As an "Internet librarianship", ibiblio is a digital library and archive project. It is run jointly by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Center for the Public Domain. It also offers streaming audio radio stations. In November 1994 it started the first internet radio stream by rebroadcasting WXYC, the UNC student-run radio station. It also takes credit for the first non-commercial IPv6 / Internet2 radio stream. Unless otherwise specified, all material on ibiblio is assumed to be in the public domain.

metalab in Uniten serves a similar purpose; though with a much shorter history and fewer aspirations.