'Library of Alexandria 2.0' seeks help to recover from serious fire

'Library of Alexandria 2.0' seeks help to recover from serious fire

Summary: The Internet Archive in San Francisco is asking for help following a fire that caused serious damage to one of its buildings.

TOPICS: Censorship


The Internet Archive in San Francisco is asking for help in recovering from a two-alarm fire that caused more than $600,000 in damage.

The archive often compares its mission to that of the famous library of Alexandria, Egypt, destroyed by fire more than 2,000 years ago. It underscores that connection with banks of mirror servers located in Alexandria.

The fire comes just two weeks after the Internet Archive announced a series of new initiatives, some were in response to NSA snooping.

Sarah B. reporting for Richmond SF Blog: Part of Internet Archive building badly burned in early morning fire

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the 7 to 10 office staff that worked in the building will temporarily relocate to their Richmond, CA facility. The damaged building was originally built in the 1940′s and used as a Christian Science reading room.

The former church next door, which also belongs to the Internet Archive, was not damaged in the fire.

Kahle was in remarkably good spirits when we spoke to him around 9am this morning, and was optimistic about their plans to rebuild the office. He said they mostly lost electronic equipment including cameras and scanners, and thankfully no cultural materials were destroyed in the fire. He said he was still waiting for word from the SFFD on what exactly caused the fire.

Donations can be made here: http://archive.org/donate

On Friday, November 8, the Internet Archive is hosting a fund raising to celebrate the 27th birthday of activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this year.

Below: A clay figurine of Aaron Swartz in the Great Room of the Internet Archive building, stands next to a figurine of Brewster Kahle.



Please see:

Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild | Internet Archive Blogs

Alexandria 2.0: One Millionaire's Quest to Build the Biggest Library on Earth Wired.com

To Those That Would Martyr Aaron Swartz: Where Were The Activists When He Needed Them? -SVW



Topic: Censorship

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  • Donation

    Donation... Maybe I missed something. Isn't this a for profit business. If not sign me up and I'll donate as long as I get free storage.
    • Re: Non vs For Profit

      About the Internet Archive
      The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

      Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
  • Ironic, but fortunate that this time the destruction was not complete.

    The cause of the original Alexandria Library fire was, according to historians, arson by a mob of Christians (who had controlled the Empire since the time of Constantine) led by their local bishop, who objected to the pagan knowledge stored there. Some of those records were located elsewhere, and were read and copied by the Muslims when they conquered the Middle East, later to be recovered by Europe during the Renaissance. But much of the ancient world's knowledge of history, science and technology, and much of its poetry, drama, and other literary works were lost forever in that fire.

    The timing of THIS fire is rather suspicious, although suspects are probably not going to be found, especially if this was a government "covert op" for the benefit of the NSA. I hope that the servers in Alexandria, Egypt are not the only backup (given that any of the mutually hostile factions could strike there, and that the US does not know with certainty which faction is really on "our" side), and that some of the backups are in secret locations.

    Are there Christian sects in America today that are violent enough to have set this fire? Well, it's not an abortion clinic or an Olympic game venue, both of which have been bombed by at least ONE person who claimed to be doing it for Christian values.
    • re: "Are there Christian sects in America today that are violent enough to"

      I'll go out on a limb here: Taxed Enough Already Party. Right after I press the [Submit] button, the No Such Agency will be scanning my computer. Oh well... here goes
    • Ironic, but . . .

      I had no idea Julius Caesar was Christian.