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PBS NewsHour: Internet Archive and the fragility of Internet history

PBS NewsHour recently ran this very good piece on the fragility of Internet information and what the Internet Archive is doing about it. This is a good short piece that succinctly explains why in the digital age lots of copies are necessary to keep information safe. And the corollary to lots of copies is that there needs to be lots of libraries continuing the work of digital collection development.

What’s online doesn’t necessarily last forever. Content on the Internet is revised and deleted all the time. Hyperlinks “rot,” and with them goes history, lost in space. With that in mind, Brewster Kahle set out to develop the Internet Archive, a digital library with the mission of preserving all the information on the World Wide Web, for all who wish to explore. Jeffrey Brown reports.

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