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Internet Archive

Visitor at the Internet Archive's 'Great Room' wearing a t-shirt with the Archive's motto: 'Universal Access To All Knowledge'. Photograph courtesy of the Internet Archive

Improving digital preservation and providing online access to MIT press publications

$1,300,000; 2011, 2017, 2018. Read about our latest grant.

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The Internet Archive was established in 1996 with the aim of archiving the Internet itself. It now serves as a constantly expanding digital library, containing more than 20 years of web history with 270 billion web pages, and millions of cultural artifacts in digital form – from e-books, through live concert recordings to software programmes. The Internet Archive provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars and the general public. With a mission to provide universal access to all knowledge, it serves millions of people every day.

We previously supported the Internet Archive’s work to improve and promote digital archiving technologies and techniques, with a focus on already digitized material: the Archive’s ten-year or older audio-visual tape and disk files. Our most recent grant supports a partnership between the Internet Archive and MIT press to scan, preserve, and enable libraries to lend hundreds of MIT Press books that are currently not available digitally. This work will bring acclaimed titles across the MIT Press’ publications in science, technology, art, and architecture to a global online audience.  Eventually, libraries that own hard copies of MIT Press books will be able to lend digital copies by participating in the Internet Archive’s  Open Library  project.