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Knowledge Trust Honors UNC Internet Pioneers Paul Jones, Joseph Viscomi

Posted October 16, 2006

— Paul Jones and Joseph Viscomi, two of the Internet and World Wide Web pioneers, were among the first five people honored by the

Knowledge Trust Honors

at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Knowledge Trust is supported by UNC’s School of Information and Library Science, It is a program set up to honor people who are helping to shape the future in that field.

In all, five people were honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for their work in education, exploration, innovation and next-generation leadership and for lifetime achievement.

Jones, who received the Innovation award, is director of the ibiblio Web collection at UNC. The site, which draws more than 14 million queries a day, is a global collection of information about a wide variety of information. Ibiblio evolved from Sun SITE, one of the Web’s first online collections, which Jones helped create. Jones teaches at the school as well as the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Jones also helped establish the Internet Poetry Archive.

Viscomi is a distinguished professor of English at UNC. He received the Exploration award for co-editing and creating the William Blake Archive that is built around the poetry and art of Blake. The site was launched in 1996.

Also honored were Gary Strong, librarian at UCLA; Wes Cruver, chief creative officer and co-founder of Kidz Online; and Donald Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Cruver, 25, helped launch Kidz Online when he was 12 years old.


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