Alexis Rossi, director of media and access for the Internet Archive, will present “Defeating the Digital Information Gap” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State (second floor, North Wing).
The Internet Archive, a non-profit library of free books, movies, software, music and websites, serves millions of people daily and is one of the top 300 websites in the world. The archive collects published works and makes them available in digital formats.
The Internet Archive began in 1996 by creating an archive of the Internet itself, a medium that was just beginning to grow in use. Like newspapers, the content published on the Web was ephemeral — but unlike newspapers, no one was saving it.
The Internet Archive has 20-plus years of Web history accessible through the Wayback Machine and it works with 450-plus libraries and other partners through the Archive-It program to identify important Web pages.
The Internet Archive also includes digital versions of books. It began a program to digitize books in 2005 and now scans 1,000 books per day in 28 locations around the world.
It began archiving television programs in late 2000, and its first public TV project was an archive of TV news surrounding the events of September 11, 2001.
Rossi, has worked with the Internet Archive since the Wayback Machine was launched in 2001. She currently manages all media and access for archive.org, including audio, movies, books, software, images and the archive.org website.
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