The Internet Archive has suffered major damage from a fire last night. Fortunately there were no injuries, and none of the data was lost. However, some documents that were in the process of being scanned were lost, and some of the equipment was damaged.
Initial early estimates of the damage are around $600K, and this is sure to go up as they can get in and investigate the damage more (I would not be surprised if the estimate doubled by the time all the damage is assessed).
This is highly personal to me, and hopefully to many to my readers and podcast listeners. The Internet Archive is one of the primary places that widely supports netlabels and podcasters. I host my podcast media on the Internet Archive to make certain it will continue be available long beyond the life of The CerebralRift.
The Internet Archive provides an incredible resource of information: digital versions of books and music that are out of copyright, hosting for user recorded concerts of groups that allow taping, historical archives of websites, and much more.
So, this is a call to please help support the Internet Archive. Even if you don’t use them directly, you likely have benefited from their services, be it a netlabel release you downloaded that was hosted on their site, or someone who wrote an article based on information they preserved, or any of thousands of other uses of their site and information.
There are two major things they are going to need: a new site to continue scanning works to add to the archive, and the more obvious funds to help repair the damage to their facility. Please click the link above and help the Internet Archive.