The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of digital media, including text, audio and moving images. These are categorized into a variety of categories and organized according to their type. Its “Community” sub-collection contains general contributions made by the public. The collection also includes a number of web sites, including Netlabel, which is a competing archive. The Internet Archive offers a free account for anyone interested in learning more about these sources.
Most societies value the preservation of artifacts as a means to preserve the memory of a civilization. Today, we create more artifacts in digital form. The Internet Archive’s mission is to collect, preserve and make available these digital artifacts to researchers around the world. There are three main strategies to accomplish this. While it’s impossible to measure how much data there is on the internet, archivists use three strategies to maximize the preservation of information.
One way to make better use of the Internet Archive is by using its “Wayback Machine,” which allows you to view historical websites. You can visit the Wayback Machine to see how websites looked in the past, and it is also possible to read digitized books in the open library and watch movies from the vast archive of public domain films. In addition to these services, The Internet Archive is expanding its mission to build “macroscopes” for Internet users.
The Internet Archive is currently partnered with 275 libraries across 46 U.S. states and 16 countries. Its partners range from universities to colleges and libraries to state archives to federal institutions and cultural organizations. For its work, the Internet Archive has worked with organizations including Carnegie Mellon University, the Electronic Literature Organization, and Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. Today, the organization has added new partners in Canada and the Netherlands.