Monday, June 23, 2014

Internet Archive - Not Just for Old Websites!

Attending the CALI Conference last week, I heard Jason Scott of Internet Archive talk about his work preserving everything you put online as a stopgap against start-ups that delete your digital identity without much thought to whether that digital content is the very only photo you have of your baby's first steps or your law school graduation, or an audio file of your great grandmother's last interview.

As an aside, Jason also mentioned the Internet Archive's television preservation project, which enables you to run keyword searches to find news clips from all US TV news for the last 3.5 years. Curious about whether a witness or a client made headlines you didn't see? Interested to know if that product you claim is defective has been mentioned for the same reasons in another state? Search the Internet Archive's television archive to find out.