"It's when things are going [economically] down that people start to say I have to work together with other people in ways that I didn't have to before. And so now I think we're in pretty good shape now that some the economy stuff is in trouble. [This will] cause some changes that really wouldn't have if we were floating around being a little bit more wealthy" - Brewster Kale, Big Ideas Fest 2009
Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.
In 1989, Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company, and was later acquired by America Online. Kahle, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance.
this is the most exciting project i've ever heard about...of course, i imagine at the point when it begins to do really great things they will have many more problems with lawyers, governments and such! let's hope they won't be insuperable.
one thing he didn't mention was magazines, i'm interested in old publications of this sort and i wonder if they aren't even more useful for historiologicical purposes...much more likely to be pulped and lost forever too.
@Periergeia: Reading your ignorant post was a total waste of time. Yes, they are web crawling and maintaining a historial record of seemingly random information, but if you listened then you would have heard about their relationship with official libraries from multiple institutions/countries. They are speaking from the librarian's point of view. Go back over his point about 'contract' content. As more information is put online under the control of a single business entity with potentially selfish goals, access to that content can be controlled (Ie. sold) by that business no matter what the content is. The key word you used was _Access_.
I am wondering about non-repudiation and authenticated content in their system. I can't seem to find documentation on how they preserve the authenticity of their digital content.
Access to knowledge is facilitated by education, not by technology. What he is talking about is access to random information. Since he obviously does not seem to know the difference, listening to Mr. Kahle is a total waste of time.