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Please Help Spread The Word: Fire At the Internet Archive - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
Please Help Spread The Word: Fire At the Internet Archive
There was a fire at the Internet Center (WayBack Machine) yesterday. The data is safe but they lost $600,000 in scanning equipment, along with many of the original materials they were scanning (the Internet Archives scans on behalf of libraries and other institutions).

Details here and here

You can donate here. And here are all the wonderful projects the Internet Archive supports.

edited to add from TechCrunch: "The organization has archived over ten petabytes (or a whopping 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of information so far, including everything every written in Balinese. Its latest initiatives include the TV News Search and Borrow project, which has over 495,000 archived broadcasts available for borrowing on DVD, so you can factcheck things like news reports or claims by politicians.

Other Internet Archive projects include Open Library, with more than 2 million e-books. There are a lot of public domain classics (as well as modern books for borrowing), but one of the best things about Open Library is being able to browse thousands of antiquarian and vintage curiosities such as this 1912 copy of “Ballads weird and wonderful” and a groovy manual of magic tricks from 1970. Other cool things in that 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data include: the librivox audio book collection; feature films (here’s the campy anti-drug classic Reefer Madness); radio shows, such as Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation Trilogy; and more than 2,200 digitized textbooks. The Library of Congress’s Prelinger Archives has 60,000 pieces of “ephemeral” footage, like Red-Headed Riot, a compilation of vintage burlesque and striptease clips, and American Look, for fans of mid-century industrial, interior and product design. During last month’s government shutdown, the Wayback Machine also made it possible for people to view important government sites while they were offline, including the Library Of Congress, National Park Service and Federal Communication Commission. "
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