Internet archive

  • The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The Internet Is Failing The Website Preservation Test

    The other day I was writing an article and I wanted to link to a piece I wrote when I was at CITEworld in 2013 — just two years ago. I went searching for it, but soon discovered that IDG, the publication’s owners had taken the site down — and all of its content with it. While this was one small example, it illustrates the issues we have around content preservation on… Read More

  • Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

    Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

    The newfound ability to put entire MS-DOS games hosted by the Internet Archive inside tweets, and then play them back in Twitter’s official web client, is now gone. The feature used Twitter’s Cards setup, but it also violated the terms of that system by putting an entire end-to-end gaming system within Twitter’s embedded video player. Read More

  • How Game Historians Are Keeping Your Favorite Bits From Being Lost Forever

    How Game Historians Are Keeping Your Favorite Bits From Being Lost Forever

    Since 2013, the Internet Archive has provided access to old console games, arcade titles and even MS-DOS classics like Oregon Trail. In a talk at GDC, Internet Archive curator Jason Scott explained how and why the non-profit preserves history by making sure games from the past aren’t lost as we move on from old hardware and software platforms. “The thing about computer software… Read More

  • Internet Archive Seeking Donations To Rebuild Its Fire-Damaged Scanning Center

    Internet Archive Seeking Donations To Rebuild Its Fire-Damaged Scanning Center

    The non-profit Internet Archive suffered a major setback this morning when a fire broke out at its San Francisco office, causing an estimated $600,000 in damages. Fortunately there were no injuries and no data was lost, but the digital library, which seeks to give “universal access to all knowledge,” lost high-end scanners and digitization equipment. The Internet Archive is… Read More

  • It Turns Out That Google Even Has A Competitive Advantage In Scanning Books

    Google is serious about scanning books. Throughout the objections raised over the years by authors and publishers and the more recent delays in its settlement with the Authors Guild, Google has been scanning millions of books all along trying to digitize as many as it possibly can. It is so serious about capturing and indexing the knowledge stored in books that it has a patent, which was… Read More