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Redesigning Archive.org

“The Wayback Machine was launched in 2001, and the current look of the site was debuted in 2002 when we added movies, texts, software, and music.  There have been minor design changes and we’ve added features over the years to make the library materials more usable, but the current interface has just accumulated over time.  We have not “rethought” the site in a holistic way in the past 12 years.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation

“Brewster Kahle is a librarian by training and temperament. In the mid-1990s, when many saw the nascent World Wide Web as a place to sell things, he saw it as data that cried out to be preserved and cataloged. Later, he widened his scope to include material — film, books, music — that was not native to the web but could be digitally gathered there. By most standards, Mr. Kahle has been pretty successful. The Internet Archive serves from two to three million visitors a day with such tools as the Wayback Machine, which provides snapshots of 435 billion Web pages saved over time. The archive has seven million texts (you could call them books), 2.1 million audio recordings, and 1.8 million videos. It is an immense library. (via NYTimes.com)

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Welcome the Internet Archive to The [Flickr] Commons

“Over the past couple of weeks, The Internet Archive has already been uploading content behind the scenes, and today we are very excited to officially launch them into The Commons. The Internet Archive is best known for its historical library of the web, preserving more than 400 billion web pages dating back to 1996. Yet, its 19 petabytes include more than 600 million pages of digitized texts dating back more than 500 years. What would it look like if those 600 million pages could be “read” completely differently? What if every illustration, drawing, chart, map, or photograph became an entry point, allowing one to navigate the world’s books not as paragraphs of text, but as a visual tapestry of our lives? How would we learn and explore knowledge differently? Those were the questions that launched a project to catalog the imagery of half a millennium of books.” (via Flickr Blog)

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A Dream to Preserve TV News, on the Road to Realization… with Your Help

“We are about to receive a remarkable private collection of video taped U.S. television news that spans 35 years.  We welcome contributions of TV news recorded before the year 2001 to help broaden our research library. Marion Marguerite Stokes, a librarian, social justice advocate and TV interview program host, believed that it was vital to preserve television news.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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‘Library of Alexandria 2.0′ seeks help to recover from serious fire

“The Internet Archive in San Francisco is asking for help in recovering from a two-alarm fire that caused more than $600,000 in damage. The archive often compares its mission to that of the famous library of Alexandria, Egypt, destroyed by fire more than 2,000 years ago. It underscores that connection with banks of mirror servers located in Alexandria. The fire comes just two weeks after the Internet Archive announced a series of new initiatives, some were in response to NSA snooping.” (via ZDNet)

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NSA TV Clip Library

“Recent revelations of the extent of National Security Agency surveillance and weakening of our digital infrastructure give substance to the warnings of Senator Wyden and others. To assist journalists and other concerned citizens in reflecting on these issues, the Internet Archive has created a curated library of short television news clips presenting key statements and other representations.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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The Internet Archive Store is open

“In the navigation bar on our blog is a new link, Internet Archive Store. We often receive requests for Internet Archive gear such as shirts, hats, etc. So, we decided to make it available to all the folks that want it. At store.archive.org you’ll find hats, sweatshirts, mugs, buttons and other items. We expect to add some new items in the coming weeks. Your purchases will, of course, be the envy of all your archive-want-to-be friends but you will also be helping the Internet Archive. Shipping is free on all items. And, you can even use bitcoins!” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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Knight Foundation Strengthens Support for Television News Research Service

“Thanks to a recent $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we will be expanding our TV News Search & Borrow service that enables everyone to search, quote and borrow U.S. television news programs. Launched last September, the service repurposes closed captioning to facilitate deep search and present relevant short-streamed with clips from more than 400,000 news broadcasts dating back to June 2009. We are striving to help inform and engage communities by strengthening the work of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, civic organizations and others dedicated to serving public interests.” (via Internet Archive Blogs)

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450,000 Early Journal Articles Now Available

“Internet Archive announces today the addition of over 450,000 journal articles from the JSTOR Early Journal Content collection. Early Journal Content is a selection of pre-1923 materials from more than 350 journals and includes articles in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and mathematics and other sciences. This content was digitized by JSTOR and is freely available through jstor.org, and it can now also be accessed and downloaded via archive.org.” (via Internet Archive Blog)

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Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive

“Brewster Kahle was a 19-year-old computer science student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when a friend posed a simple, yet life-changing question: “What can you do with your life that is worthwhile?” Kahle came up with two answers. The first, developing a microchip to ensure the privacy of telephone conversations, didn’t pan out. But 32 years later, Kahle is still happily pursuing his second big idea – to create the digital-age version of the Great Library of Alexandria.”

via SFGate

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