Internet Archives / Wayback Machine

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Internet Archives

The Internet Archive is an endeavor to archive and protect the information that is available online. This includes Web pages, moving images, texts, audio, and software. This archive consists of over 150 billion web pages.


Internet Archive Projects


The BookServer project provides a forum for “vending, lending and distributing” books via Internet. Open Library involves a web page for every book ever published. Wayback Machine was launched in 1996 to capture 150+billion web captures.

Archive-It is a subscription service to help institutions build and preserve collections of “born-digital” contents. Scanning Services helps digitize collections with “open and free access, permanent storage, unlimited downloads, and lifetime file management.”

NASA Images offers public access to the imagery, video, and audio collections of NASA. The Open Content Alliance brings together “a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations” to build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia materials. The Open Education Resources library offers educational learning materials from universities in the US and China. The Bookmobile offers public domain books from the Internet via satellite. 301Works supports the archiving of URL mappings.

There are other projects, too, that may be more localized and specific to a certain context.

The Wayback Machine


The Internet Archive Wayback Machine consists of an archive of 10 billion web pages, from 1996 to the present. This archive consists of 100 terabytes of data and offers ways for people today to surf the Web as it was—for both sentimental and learning purposes. This Wayback Machine archives various collections from certain periods.


Of special interest may be the “Web Pioneers: The Early Years” (


For example, this collection includes active links from The Well which is fully navigable until one runs up against robots that are blocking parts of a site. The archive seems to contain publicly available pages.

Wayback Machine Forum

There is also a fairly active public forum that is widely available on the main page.

See Also


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