Fire at the Internet Archive Scanning Center

Published by Designzillas on November 7, 2013

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Libraries exist to preserve the cultural artifacts of our civilization. The Internet Archive exists to give the data of the digital age a permanent home for researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public for years to come. Imagine what would happen if something like this were to disappear! The Internet Archive insures that we will always have the ability to view the information on any website, even if it has been lost on the server it was originally hosted on. And as a non-profit, it is kept running by donations from the people who use it.

On November 6, in the early hours of the morning, a fire started in the scanning center of the Internet Archive headquarters. Their report states, “This morning at about 3:30 a.m. a fire started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. The good news is that no one was hurt and no data was lost.” It would really suck to lose something like the Internet Archive. It even features the Wayback Machine, a nifty service that lets users see what any website looked like from the time of its original launch to the present. Take a look at before we had the shiny new, DZ ’13 — we sure have come a long way since then!

One of the Zillas, Michael Berg, has shared his thoughts on the matter: “The engineers and historians who work at the Internet Archive do a job that most people don’t even know exists. Preserving and archiving the many, many pages of the internet for future generations is extremely important. The breakneck speed with which sites grow and evolve means that most of the time their owners are faced with a choice: keep the content online but in a deprecated state, or remove it from the net altogether. It’s important that we as citizens of the web band together to support the Internet Archive team in their time of need. Members of our team donated earlier today when we heard the news, and I encourage you to do the same.”

The Internet Archive provides over 3 million people with free access to information every day. It protects our digital history. It would be sad to lose such a great service to a natural disaster, and if you’re web people like us, you have a lot to lose if anything were to happen to a place like this! Please help them rebuild their losses by donating today!


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