The Internet Archive
Saving a copy of the World Wide Web
About this video
Archiving the Internet.
Imagine having a machine that clicks on every online link on the internet and then saves a copy of what it finds. That's what the Internet Archive project has set out to do and, since 1996, a representative portion of all of the pages on the internet have saved, catalogued and archived.
Now celebrating its 10th petabyte (10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of stored information, the Internet Archive's digital librarian Brewster Kahle takes us on a tour around the archive’s physical location – a huge deconsecrated church in San Francisco, USA.
The archive also aims to keep a physical copy of every book ever published alongside a digital counterpart, which means turning every page of every book by hand in order to scan it.
Kahle's overriding philosophy is that the best way to preserve things is to make them accessible and the archive hopes to remain as open as possible.
- San Francisco, US
Deepspeed Media / Jonathan Minard