I've known -- at least conceptually -- about the Internet Archive for years and years and years. You have too, if you have ever used the WayBackMachine to check out what the internet used to look like in the 90s. ("Friendster," "Ask Jeeves," hahaha.)
And I recently discovered while wandering around the Richmond District of San Francisco that it's actually a physical place, not just some weird techie thing that lives in the ether. It's a grand, classical style building that was formerly a church, of all things.
And after having spent an evening there, I have gotten the religion. I now believe that what the Internet Archive is doing is IMPORTANT, in the larger societal and species sense.
The Internet Archive backups a large proportion of the public internet. I mean, that's already freakin amazing. They started in 2001 with 10 billion web pages archived, and now have about 360 billion web pages. That's about 2 petabytes of data stored. Read more about it in their latest blog post about the WayBackMachine.
But that's not all.
The Internet Archive also contains terabytes of freely accessible and share-able media, from text and books to music, video and even software. FREE STUFF ONLINE.