Fire at Internet Archive destroys equipment and materials, but data safe

Early in the morning of November 6, a fire struck the building in San Francisco that houses the Internet Archive’s scanning center. The nonprofit group is responsible for maintaining the insanely awesome Wayback Machine, which lets you dig back through the archaeology of the Web and peer at its distant past.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle revealed in a blog post that the fire did not damage the Internet Archive’s main building, and even if it had, the group’s data is backed up to multiple locations. But although no archived data was lost, the fire did destroy some physical materials waiting to be archived.

More gravely, though, the fire damaged what the Internet Archive estimates to be “about $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment”—primarily tools used to convert physical books, microfilm, and movies into digital form for storage.

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via Ars Technica

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