I love looking at public archives on the Internet. Whether for inspiration or learning, it’s amazing how much great content is made available… if you know where to look!
The internet is a great place for saving things. By turning the physical into digital, and disseminating it, we increase the chances that it won’t be lost. Throughout the world, Institutions, private companies and individuals are doing the essential work of preserving our common creations. Here are a few of my favorites.
First, the Internet Archive — many of you know the archive for their awesome Wayback Machine, but they also curate digital and scanned collections.
The Internet Arcade has great arcade games you can play online
Nasa images and videos from most Nasa missions with amazing images such as this:
The Metropolitan museum of art images and galleries
Alongside Internet archive is Archive Team, an amazing team of rogue archivist, roaming the internet and archiving services before they disappear.
I’m indebted to the amazing openculture for finding these on a day to day basis. They’re still my main source for finding new archive initiatives.
I’m in awe with what all this groups are doing to preserve our commons through time. Know of any cool public archive ? React and let me know.
In this series, I’m highlighting sources and initiatives that inspire me, and that I usually share with my team at Kumbu, where we’re building an archive for your personal stuff. If there is interest, I will share more of our inspiration over time.