Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Internet Archive

This is very cool. If I understand this correctly, the Internet Archive is trying to make a copy of the entire Internet. (HT: Northwest History). They even have a "Way Back Machine" which allows you to find websites that have been deleted.  For example, here is The Way of Improvement Leads Home from December 3, 2008.  And here is the Messiah College website from December 10, 1997.

Here is a description of The Internet Archive:

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.