Thankfully, no one was hurt. While power interruptions caused some sporadic outages on archive.org, no data has been lost. Eight workers who staffed the scanning center will temporarily relocate to our Physical Archive facility across the Bay. The current estimated value of scanning equipment lost in the fire is $600,000.
Brewster Kahle, the Archive's founder, has posted more detail about the fire on the Archive's blog. A call is out for donations to help rebuild the scanning facility, and for new digitization work to keep employees affected by the fire busy at our alternate location.
The Library of Congress is about to get its first new honcho in a generation, and not a day too soon, given that the guy who presided over the past generation’s worth of copyright policy in America is a proud technophobe whose favorite technological innovation is the fax machine.
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, “I got mugged by a bunch of Boston hooligans. Readers of Boing Boing may be familiar with my FedFlix project which has resulted in 6,000 government videos getting posted to YouTube and the Internet Archive.”
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