Internet Archive is launching a Physical Archive

By George Oates

[Reposted from the main Internet Archive blog.]

Everyone is welcome to the open-house and launch of the new Physical Archive of the Internet Archive in Richmond, California on Sunday June 5th from 4-8pm.

The new Internet Archive facility in Richmond, California, click to enlarge

After 2 years of prototyping and testing a new design for sustainable long-term preservation of physical books records and movies, we are starting with over 300,000 books and gearing up for millions.

Come if you:

– love books, records, or movies
– are concerned about the future of open access and preservation
– want to have something fun to talk about over the water cooler on Monday….

Then, invest an hour with us on a Sunday – Drinks, food, good people.

What you will see:

– A high density, modular system for storing books, video and audio
– A temp controlled environment for long-term preservation
– Our new logistics facility that will catalog and coordinate large collections of books, records and movies.

Who you will meet:

– The Internet Archive Board, Founder, Management Team
– Friends and supporters of the Internet Archive
– Colleagues and leaders from the Library community

Please come! Bring friends and family.

– Secure free parking
2512 Florida Avenue, Richmond, California, 30 minutes north of San Francisco and Berkeley, 415 561 6767.

RSVP to rsvp@archive.org, or just come!

4 Responses to “Internet Archive is launching a Physical Archive”

  1. […] Internet Archive Launches Physical Archive — I’m keen to see how this develops, because physical storage has problems that digital does not. I’d love to see the donor agreement require the donor to give the archive full rights to digitize and distribute under open licenses. That’d put the Internet Archive a step in front of traditional archives, museums, libraries, and galleries, whose donor agreements typically let donors place arbitrary specifications on use and reuse (“must be inaccessible for 50 years”, “no commercial use”, “no use that compromises the work”, etc.), all of which are barriers to wholesale digitization and reuse. […]

  2. Colleen says:

    This is an amazing development! Please provide more information for those who cannot attend. Is it possible to see the donor agreement mentioned in earlier post?

  3. Alex McKee says:

    Great news! Wish I could have come but even if I had seen it in time I am too far away sadly!

    I echo Colleen’s request for more information for those of us who support the work of the Internet Archive but could not attend.

  4. George Oates says:

    Hi there,

    There’s a nice long post over on the main Internet Archive blog about the new physical archive:

    http://blog.archive.org/2011/06/06/why-preserve-books-the-new-physical-archive-of-the-internet-archive/