As the Internet Archive (archive.org) states on its front page, the “Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more”.

With the goal of universal access to all knowledge, Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download, reference and link to the huge collection of digital materials available through the archive.

“Societies have always placed importance on preserving their culture and heritage. But much early 20th-century media — television and radio, for example — was not saved. The Library of Alexandria — an ancient center of learning containing a copy of every book in the world — disappeared when it was burned to the ground.”

Internet Archive Frequently Asked Questions. archive.org. Accessed: 10 May 2018. Available: http://archive.org/about/faqs.php#30.

“Most societies place importance on preserving artifacts of their culture and heritage. Without such artifacts, civilization has no memory and no mechanism to learn from its successes and failures. Our culture now produces more and more artifacts in digital form. The Archive’s mission is to help preserve those artifacts and create an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars. The Archive collaborates with institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.”

Internet Archive Frequently Asked Questions. archive.org. Accessed: 10 May 2018. Available: https://archive.org/about/faqs.php#21.

 

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