Thu Nov 7, 2013, 09:36 AM
csziggy (20,883 posts)
Internet Archive and Wayback Machine Non-Profit Building Damaged
Internet Archive's S.F. office damaged in fire
Updated 8:29 pm, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 The office of the nonprofit Internet Archive in San Francisco's Richmond District caught fire early Wednesday, destroying equipment and damaging several apartments next door.
The blaze began about 3:45 a.m. in the single-story Clement Street office, between 12th and Funston avenues, and spread to an adjacent three-story complex, firefighters said.
About eight residents of the next-door building were evacuated, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 5 a.m.
The Internet Archive, which hosts the website https://archive.org, is an online library that provides users free access to a collection of digital books, videos, music and old websites. The site has 3 million daily users.
Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild
Posted on November 6, 2013 by brewster
Scanning Center Fire
Scanning Center with Fire Damage to Left of Main Building
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.
Some physical materials were in the scanning center because they were being digitized, but most were in a separate locked room or in our physical archive and were not lost. Of those materials we did unfortunately lose, about half had already been digitized. We are working with our library partners now to assess.
What help could we use?
Funding - https://archive.org/donate/ Your donations will help us rebuild the scanning capabilities in books, microfilm, and movies.
Scanning - https://archive.org/scanning The employees affected by the fire will need continued digitization work at our alternate location while we recover.
What;s interesting to me is the suggestion the other day that the Wayback Machine would have records of more plagiarism by Rand Paul:
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