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Internet Archive opens its software history

Reckons it has the biggest collection
Mon Apr 15 2013, 15:46
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DIGITAL STORER the Internet Archive has opened its collected Archive of Historical Computer Software, and the archivist who collected it challenged anyone to match it.

The Software Archive is the work of professional archiver Jason Scott and in a post to his website he boasted of the scale of the software database and spoke of what a treasure trove of historical software it is.

Scott said he was hired by the Internet Archive to build its catalogue of software. He said he achieved that in two years.

"When Brewster (Kahle, digital librarian and founder of the Internet Archive), hired me in 2011, he had the foresight to recognize I'd spread in many directions once I was under the auspiciousness of the Internet Archive, but he definitely had one overarching goal with my employment," he said.

"The Archive had done very well with books, music, visual items, and of course websites - but it was sorely lacking in the realm of software. My provided goal was do for software what has been doing for all these other mediums. In short summary, I have done that. The Internet Archive is the largest collection of historical software online in the world. Find me someone bigger."

The archive is pretty blooming comprehensive, and as well as software, and bits of software, there are newsletters and magazines to pore over. There are terabytes available, 30GB is taken up with Amiga software, and it is, said Scott, a "digger's paradise".

"This is a crate digger's paradise," he said. "There is now a fully-accessible, worldwide-reachable, massive-bandwidth and completely unrestricted collection of computer history up right now, in these collections I've just mentioned.

"Some are mirrors of incredible projects that have been around long before this moment." µ


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