Centers & Labs

Center for Research and Development of Digital Libraries (CRADLE)

CRADLE is a federation of parties interested in the migration, management, and accessibility of digital information. They serve as a test bed for the development of digital libraries, while focusing on the training and education of digital librarians.

Principal Investigators: Brad Hemminger, Gary Marchionini, Helen Tibbo, Paul Jones

Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) Center

The DICE Center provides expertise and software technologies in the areas of large-scale data management for collaborative research, digital archiving, and long-term data preservation.

Directors: Reagan Moore, Arcot Rajasekar

Home to one of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics and cultural studies.

Director: Paul Jones

Informatics and Visualization Lab (IVlab)

The IVlab houses research in the areas of informatics (bioinformatics and medical informatics), digital libraries, visualization, computer human interaction, and databases. The research of the lab is closely related to several other research laboratories at SILS, including the IDL lab, and the Collaboration Lab.

Principal Investigators: Brad Hemminger

Interaction Design Lab (IDL)

IDL facilitates research and development in electronic information environments such as digital libraries, electronic publications, distributed courses, and shared work spaces.

Principal Investigators: Gary Marchionini, Barbara Wildemuth


A service project based out of the School of Information and Library Science and affiliated with the nonprofit WiderNet Project, WiderNet@UNC provides coaching, training, computers, and educational materials to people with poor digital communication resources.

Director: Cliff Missen