Author Archives: Brewster Kahle

Thank you for the donation of 78rpm records from a Craigslist poster

Mark Ellis alerted us to a Craiglist post of a storage locker of records being offered for free in San Jose in 2 hours. The owner wanted them gone. The Internet Archive sprang into action and our truck rolled. Lots … Continue reading

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Correct Metadata is Hard: a Lesson from the Great 78 Project

We have been digitizing about 8,000 78rpm record sides each month and now have 122,000 of them done. These have been posted on the net and over a million people have explored them. We have been digitizing, typing the information … Continue reading

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Most 20th Century Books Unavailable to Internet Users – We Can Fix That

The books of the 20th century are largely not online.  They are mostly not available from even the biggest booksellers. And, libraries who have collected hard copies of these books have not been able to deliver them in a cost-efficient, … Continue reading

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Helping us judge a book by its cover: software help request

The Internet Archive would appreciate some help from a volunteer programmer to create software that would help determine if a book cover is useful to our users as a thumbnail or if we should use the title page instead. For … Continue reading

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Low Vision? Disability? 1.8 Million digital books free, now Worldwide

  You can take action now to expand access to 1.8million books worldwide. Individuals can qualify now to access 1.8 million digitized books, free.   Internet Archive has recently expanded its program for those with low vision and disabilities. Libraries, hospitals, … Continue reading

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Physical Archive Party October 28th, 2018

Archive friends and family please join us for the Physical Archive party, 2-6pm 2512 Florida Avenue, Richmond CA.   RSVP please so we can keep a count.  Staff, partners, friends of the Internet Archive are all invited. RSVP HERE This is … Continue reading

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Software Help Requested to Segment Tracks on LP’s

Machine Learning + Music Lovers: the Internet Archive is seeking technical volunteers or interns or low-cost contractors with a passion for music to make an opensource software library capable of identifying which songs are on LPs (given a wave form … Continue reading

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Digital opportunity for the academic scholarly record

[MIT Libraries is holding a workshop on Grand Challenges for the scholarly record.  They asked participants for a problem/solution statement.  This is mine. -brewster kahle] The problem of academic scholarly record now: University library budgets are spent on closed rather … Continue reading

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Mass downloading 78rpm record transfers

To preserve or discover interesting 78rpm records you can download them to your own machine (rather than using our collection pages).  You can download lots on to a mac/linux machine by using a command line utility. Preparation:  Download the IA … Continue reading

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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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