RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Paul Jones, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of the true pioneers in making the Internet and Web a remarkable source for knowledge, has reason to be a little prouder today.

Jones, who runs ibiblio.org, one of the world’s most popular repository for useful and reliable information, and the UNC crew recently received a “Certificate of acknowledgement and Congratulations” from the North Carolina House of Representatives.

ibilbio, which tout’s itself as the “people’s library,” traces its lineage to “Sun Site,” one of the first sites established on the Internet as a repository of information. Sun site (yes, it was funded in part by Sun, thus the name), went “live” in October of 1992.

“Read and enjoy,” Jones noted in an e-mail.

Here’s the congratulatory declaration:

“Whereas, October 31, 2007, will be the 15th anniversary of the first public demo of sunsite.unc.edu, which is now known as ibiblio.org; and

“Whereas, the ibiblio Web site, digital repository and community have become cultural treasures of the State of North Carolina; and

“Whereas, ibiblio has played a pivotal role as both a medium and advocate for the free and open sharing of digital information.

“Now, therefore, this the eight day of March
In the year Two Thousand and Seven
Representatives Deborah Ross and Verla Insko recognize

“ibiblio

“for its commitment and contributions to technology and culture, and to the North Carolina community as a whole.

“The document is signed by house speaker, Joe Hackney, attested by Denise Weeks, principal clerk; and signed by Deborah Ross, representative of district #38; and Verla Insko, representative of district #56.”

It’s true, ibiblio is a treasure. In fact the site has grown so huge and supports so many services (such as webcasting of WCPE, the classical music station based near Wake Forest) that it was moved to the North Carolina Research and Education Network’s headquarters in RTP.

Each day, ibiblio receives more than 14 million requests for information. And it is run by contributors.

The site’s technical team is also involved in cutting edge research, such as the latest “streaming” technology, high-speed bandwidth (Internet 2) and 3D.

So here’s our own tip of the hat to Paul and crew. Happy birthday – and let’s hope there are many more.