Thursday, March 15, 2012

Physical Archive of the Internet Archive

Brewster Kahle the founder of the Internet Archive disliked the idea of discarding physical copies of books once they were digitized. To remedy this situation he established the Physical Archive of the Internet Archive which has the goal of collecting one copy of every book in print. Currently the archive receives 20,000 volumes each week from libraries and private donations. Once the books are processed they are boxed and placed in 40 foot shipping crates. Brewster Kahle argues physical copies of books are special and help preserve culture especially since digitized copies are fragile and prone to technological obsolescence.

“If the Library of Alexandria had made a copy of every book and sent it to India or China, we’d have the other works of Aristotle, the other plays of Euripides. One copy in one institution is not good enough.”
- Brewster Kahle

Story:  New York Times

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