internet archive

internet archive.png

[san fran]

via Brewster Kahle et al


link twitter

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering access to millions of free books, movies, and audio files, plus an archive of 450+ billion web pages.

wikipedia small

The Internet Archive is a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge”. It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including web sites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. As of May 2014, its collection topped 15 petabytes. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.

The Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download digital material to its data cluster, but the bulk of its data is collected automatically by its web crawlers, which work to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the *Wayback Machine, contains over 150 billion web captures.

*The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, based in San Francisco, California, United States. The Internet Archive launched the Wayback Machine in October 2001.[4][5] It was set up by Brewster Kahle and Bruce Gilliat, and is maintained with content from Alexa Internet. The service enables users to see archived versions of web pages across time, which the archive calls a “three dimensional index”.

Since 1996, they have been archiving cached pages of web sites onto their large cluster of Linux nodes. They revisit sites every few weeks or months and archive a new version if the content has changed. Sites can also be captured on the fly by visitors who are offered a link to do so. The intent is to capture and archive content that otherwise would be lost whenever a site is changed or closed down. Their grand vision is to archive the entire Internet.

The name Wayback Machine was chosen as a droll reference to a plot device in an animated cartoon series, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. In one of the animated cartoon’s component segments, Peabody’s Improbable History, lead characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman routinely used a time machine called the “WABAC machine” (pronounced way-back) to witness, participate in, and, more often than not, alter famous events in history

The Archive also oversees one of the world’s largest book digitization projects.

Founded by Brewster Kahle in May 1996, the Archive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in the United States. It has an annual budget of $10 million, derived from a variety of sources: revenue from its Web crawling services, various partnerships, grants, donations, and the Kahle-Austin Foundation. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California, where about 30 of its 200 employees work. Most of its staff work in its book-scanning centers. The Archive has data centers in three Californian cities, San Francisco, Redwood City, and Richmond. Its collection is mirrored for stability and endurance at both the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and at another facility in Amsterdam. The Archive is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium and was officially designated as a library by the State of California in 2007.


spaces/hosters .. like way am thinking of blockchain (*wayback machine ish..?).. as hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


Internet Archive (@internetarchive) tweeted at 1:05 PM – 20 Jan 2017 :

The pages are in the Wayback. “Trump’s Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights” (

Ken Layne (@KenLayne) tweeted at 8:56 PM – 20 Jan 2017 :

Day One: Trump regime shuts down the entire National Park Service’s Twitter access, including 58 national park accounts. (

Ken Layne (@KenLayne) tweeted at 9:55 PM – 20 Jan 2017 :

This @washingtonpost version says it’s the whole Interior Dept. now banned from using Twitter. (


kevin fb share

Publishers are book landlords

Publishers sue Internet Archive over Open Library ebook lending

‘Giving away what is not yours is simply stealing,’ say authors

“As a library, the Internet Archive acquires books and lends them, as libraries have always done,” Kahle told The Verge. “This supports publishing and authors and readers. Publishers suing libraries for lending books — in this case, protected digitized versions, and while schools and libraries are closed — is not in anyone’s interest.”