The Internet Archive – Moving Images

The Internet Archive – Moving Images
The Archive library of free movies, films, and videos

Based in San Francisco, The Internet Archive is a non-profit organisation founded in 1996 to provide permanent access to historical collections in digital format for researchers, historians, scholars and the general public. As a member of the American Librarian Association, the main purpose of the Archive is to stop ‘born digital’ materials from disappearing and to contribute to knowledge sharing. Thanks to collaboration with institutions such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, today the Internet Archive includes more than 2,700,000 texts, 800,000 recordings, 500,000 moving images, 34,000 software products and billions of archived web pages. The Moving Image section comprises a wide range of content, from political speeches to news and short films, covering historical documentation and political affairs. The section is divided into numerous subsections according to theme and there are descriptions for each one. Most of the content can be freely consulted on the website in different formats and can also be downloaded. Registration is necessary for certain collections, however. The Archive also provides access to the original databases of its collections through external links and to original projects – such as NASA Images, and Open Library – carried out in collaboration with major research institutions. This huge project achieves its objective in terms of the sheer volume of material available but loses points on usability because the architectural framework is complex and access to the material difficult.

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