Author Archives: Brewster Kahle

Digital Books on archive.org

Many people think of the Internet Archive as just the Wayback Machine or just one collection or another, but there is much more.  For instance, books! As a nonprofit library we buy and lend books to the public, but we … Continue reading

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Building Digital 78rpm Record Collections Together with Minimal Duplication

By working together, libraries who are digitizing their collections can minimize duplication of effort in order to save time and money to preserve other things.  This month we made progress with 78rpm record collections. The goal is to bring many … Continue reading

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Dreaming Open, Dreaming Big

Disheartened by anti-NetNeutrality moves in the US, but inspired by the reddit poster offering to donate $87million in bitcoin (5057BTC) to good causes (including the awesome EFF)? It got us dreaming open and dreaming big: What could we do if … Continue reading

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5,000 78rpm sides for the Great 78 Project are now posted

This month’s transfers of 5,000 78rpm sides for the Great 78 Project are now posted. Many are Latin American music from the David Chomowicz and Esther Ready Collection. Others are square dance music, with and without the calls, from the Larry Edelman … Continue reading

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Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!

[press: boingboing] The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being … Continue reading

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Why Bitcoin is on the Internet Archive’s Balance Sheet

  A foundation was curious as to why we have Bitcoin on our balance sheet, and I thought I would explain it publicly. The Internet Archive explores how bitcoin and other Internet innovations can be useful in the non-profit sphere– … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Semantic Audio Restoration at a Massive Scale

I believe we can do a fabulous job of bringing the music from the 78rpm era back to vibrant life if we really understand wear and if we could model the instruments and voices. In other words, I believe we … Continue reading

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A Few Advanced Search Tips

The Internet Archive’s search engine is based on Elastic Search and implemented by Aaron Ximm.  Learning how to use the search engine can help using the website, but also using the command line tools for working with the Internet Archive.  … Continue reading

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Books Donated for MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Challenge from BookMooch Users

Thank you to the people that are starting to send books to the Internet Archive to be digitized.  The Internet Archive digitizes already, but as semifinalists for a $100million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, we are ramping up. Our proposal … Continue reading

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KittenFeed– sometimes a suddenly popular site leverages the Wayback Machine

From of the leader of the Wayback Machine project: Lucy (17 year old girl from SF) setup TrumpScratch.com Press reports suggest she received a cease and desist letter from the Trump organization in New York (update: now that letter is contested). … Continue reading

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