The wonder of the Internet Archive’s petabytes of stored data is that they’re a world treasure, providing access to a mass of information and stored culture, gathered from decades of history (in some case, centuries), and available in a (relatively) easy to find fashion. And as media and popular websites begin to cover the Archive’s mission in earnest, the audience is growing notably.

    In each wave of interest, two questions come forward out of the accolades: What is the disaster recovery plan? And why is it in only one place?

    The disaster recovery plan is variant but generally reliant on multiple locations for the data, and it is in one place because the fundraising and support methods so far can only provide a certain amount of disaster/backup plans.

    Therefore, it is time for Archive Team to launch its most audacious project yet: Backing up the Internet Archive.


    There is an effort called LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) at Stanford [1] which is meant to provide as many tools and opportunities to save digital data as easily and quickly as possible. At Google, I’ve been told, they try for at least five copies of data stored in at least three physical locations. This is meant to provide a similar situation for the Internet Archive.

    While this is kind of nutty and can be considered a strange ad-hoc situation, I believe that, given the opportunity to play a part in non-geographically-dependent copies of the Internet Archive, many folks will step forward, and we will have a good solution until the expensive “good” solution comes along. Also, it is a very nice statement of support.

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