Preserving Online Content

preserving online content

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” -Peter Drucker

Many of you are in some way, shape, or form, a content creator. If you think your content and labor can stand the test of time and should be passed down to future generations I strongly encourage you to save a copy of it in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. The preservation of knowledge and free flow of information is commensurate with any other global issue facing us today. Sometimes website providers are unable to pay their hosting bills, they pass away or become incapacitated, or in some countries, the government blocks and removes the information. When situations such as these arise, we lose access to information that cannot be easily regained.
The Internet Archive is “a San Francisco-based non-profit digital library with the stated mission of ‘universal access to all knowledge’” and it recently turned 20. Similar to Wikipedia, they don’t run on an ad-based business model, but rather rely on donations. Don’t let a legacy of information vanish overnight. Please contribute with knowledge or in some monetary way to keep the system moving forward.

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