Internet Archive

Internet Archive

Date Awarded
Grant Period
01/30/15 to 02/06/17
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight Library Initiative, Knight News Challenge

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  • San Francisco, CA

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Helping people create and share global collections of cultural treasures on the Internet Archive, one of the world's largest public libraries.

The Internet Archive is one of the world’s largest public digital libraries, with an extensive collection of human culture: 2 million books, 430 billion Web pages, 3 million hours of television and more.   However, the archive’s users upload only a small percentage of these materials and to preserve the world’s knowledge the public should be encouraged to contribute.  The archive is embarking on a project to make the site more community-driven by improving the tools that allow people to upload, describe and organize items.  With these new tools, the Internet Archive hopes to democratize knowledge by giving global communities the ability to save, manage and share their cultural treasures for free.  What Wikimedia did for encyclopedia articles, the Internet Archive hopes to do for collections of media: give people the tools to build library collections together and make them accessible to everyone.

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Project Team

Alexis Rossi, Brewster Kahle et al.

Alexis Rossi, Director of Web Services, has worked with Internet Archive since its first major service launches in 2001. She has overseen collections of audio, video, texts, software, images and web content; led customer service and partner outreach; managed software development projects; and studied the anonymized statistics and behavior patterns of patrons.

Brewster Kahle is an American computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, internet activist, advocate of universal access to all knowledge, and digital librarian.[4] He is the founder of the Internet Archive, the Internet Credit Union, Alexa and Thinking Machines and a member of the Internet Hall of Fame. (from Wikipedia)

Tracey Jaquith, Senior Web Engineer, is one of the original architects of the Internet Archive. She is a specialist in video and audio processing, and has the rare ability to understand every aspect of a complex project.

David Merkoski, Creative Director, is defining the overall experience of Internet Archive’s new interface. Merkoski brings eighteen years of experience designing successful digital products across a range of media.

John C. Gonzalez, Director of Engineering, brings three decades of experience to the Internet Archive, delivering complex technology services and products to market for Xerox, Intel and Getty Images.

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