The Internet Archive is a non profit organization that is documenting information, everything from websites, to music, movies images and more are documented by the Internet Archive.
Unfortunately there was a fire at the Internet Archive’s offices in San Francisco, and around $600,000 worth of equipment was damaged, and some physical data was destroyed.
This morning at about 3:30 a.m. a fire started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. The good news is that no one was hurt and no data was lost. Our main building was not affected except for damage to one electrical run. This power issue caused us to lose power to some servers for a while.
An early estimate shows we may have lost about $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment, and we will need to repair or rebuild the scanning building. It is in difficult times like these that we turn to our community.
Half of the physical data that was destroyed has already been digitized, and they will be working with their partners to attempt to replace the remaining data.
The Internet Archive first began back in 1996, and it is designed to provide a permanent record of all digital information, the site is used by around 3 million people every day.
The archive currently has around 10 petabytes of data, and also runs the Wayback machine, which has now saved over 364 billion web pages.
The Internet Archive are looking for donations to replace the equipment, you can find out more details about donating to help them out here.
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