As the world prepares to commemorate a decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001, hit New York and Washington, the Internet Archive has released a fascinating — and horrifying — library of footage showing how news channels around the world covered the events.
Brewster Kahle spoke in the same session as me at an event near Amsterdam today. In amongst a number of interesting points, Kahle mentioned in passing that the Internet Archive offers cloud storage services to public institutions, with contributions of around $2,000 ‘endowing’ a terabyte of storage in perpetuity. This is an intriguing model, and cautious archives, libraries and museums may be happier to trust Kahle than strictly commercial providers. Does this relatively safe and straightforward first step make it easier or harder for those institutions to subsequently adopt mainstream services, and might they bring pressure to bear on the Archive to offer a fuller range of cloud services that compete more directly with Amazon et al?
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle announced that the non-profit has launched a new service to provide more than a million books in a specially designed format that can be read by visually impaired readers. The new service is part of the Archive’s Open Library project.