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.
For years, the Internet Archive has been acquiring books (their goal is every book ever published) and warehousing them and scanning them. Now, these books are being "woven into Wikipedia" with a new tool that automatically links every Wikipedia citation to a print source to the exact page and passage from the book itself, which […]
While all the downsides of stay-at-home orders and social distancing are evident, there are at least a few small silver linings to come out of all this. For many, this time spent indoors has meant a happy reintroduction to your very own kitchen. You know your kitchen. It’s usually the place that holds all your […]
Have you ever had more time to hone in on fine details than right now? Sure, at first glance, this might not seem like the time to get tripped up on the nitty-gritty of minutia. But how often are you ever going to have this much time to really stop and think about hows and […]
There are plenty of productive ways to spend time while stuck indoors. While it’s undoubtedly fun to binge all 15 seasons of Supernatural or sink days of playtime into an Overwatch campaign, learning something new is definitely a more meaningful and long-term beneficial use of open hours. And if you’re going to invest time in […]