Donate to the Internet Archive for #GivingTuesday, many folks know them when they need to look up something that was removed from the web, or need to preserve something for our collective digital future together. The Internet Archive has fixed 11 million broken links in Wikipedia using the Wayback Machine, readers are borrowing 17,500 books per day with complete reader privacy, and people can listen to recordings of 200,000 live concerts from 7,800 bands—all for free.
A current goal is to bring 1 million new books online in 2020 and link them directly to Wikipedia citations.
A Message from Internet Archive Founder, Brewster Kahle —
Dear Internet Archive Community,
“This is our day. Today. To bring the best, most trustworthy information to every Internet reader. All of this is doable if we all pull together to create the Internet as it was first meant to be. The Great Library for all.”
This is it.
Today, we have a 2-to-1 Matching Campaign that ends in a few weeks, tripling your impact. So your $5 gift becomes $15 for the Internet Archive if you give today. That’s right, for the price of a paperback, you can sustain a library the whole world trusts.
It costs the Internet Archive $20 to digitize one book and make it permanently available on the Internet. It costs us $1500 to keep a terabyte of data around forever. Here’s the good news: a small investment goes such a long way. Leveraging technology allows a staff of 150 to inform tens of millions of people. We run one of the top 300 websites at a fraction of the cost.
Where does the donation go?
Technology: We’ve preserved 384 billion web pages in the Wayback Machine! We’ve saved 60 petabytes (that’s 60,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data. That takes a lot of servers, bandwidth and power. The cost of storing information in our data centers is a fraction of the cost of Amazon Cloud.
Staff: Most top websites employ huge staffs. We employ 150 people around the world—engineers, archivists, librarians and book scanners. Most of our staff could be making much more at a company driven by profit, but they choose to work for a nonprofit powered by a huge mission.
Projects: We are gearing up to digitize 1 million books per year and weave them into Wikipedia citations. So far we’ve linked 150,000 books to Wikipedia citations and helped fix 11 million broken Wikipedia links with the Wayback Machine. How do we create the web we deserve? We’re convening developers around the world to build a Decentralized Web—without the centralized points of control, making it harder to censor or spy on you.
Today is #GivingTuesday . In the makers/electronics/engineering community we all have something we can give, our time, our talents, our code, our designs, and today we’re celebrating companies and organizations that help make this happen. We’re also celebrating organizations and people that could use your help to keep their efforts going.
We’ll be posting all day with some #GivingTuesday ideas to consider, post yours and we’ll help get the word out.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.
It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.