DeadHead Web App Streams Grateful Dead Concerts from Internet Archive On Demand

Spotted via my IFTTT/Reddit alerts: a new Web-based streaming app for live Grateful Dead concerts. There’s not a lot of documentation for site but it’s basic: looks like the concerts are arranged by year starting in 1965. (The site is powered by concerts in the Internet Archive.) Click on a one of the squares representing a concert and you’ll get a list of tracks with their duration. You can jump directly to specific tracks. Click play on a track and you’ll get a player at the bottom of the screen. No-frills but certainly functional.

Archive-It: A New Wayback: Improving Web Archive Replay

Archive-It: A New Wayback: Improving Web Archive Replay. “The Internet Archive is excited to announce the preliminary release of a significant upgrade to the Wayback web archive replay software that our partners use to access and browse their web archive collections. The new version of Wayback is a complete rebuild of the prior version of the software used by both Archive-It and the many customized access portals that we build and host on behalf of our worldwide users.”

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help. “You may not realize portions of the internet are constantly disappearing. As librarians and archivists, we strengthen collective memory by preserving materials that document the cultural heritage of society, including on the web. You can help us save the internet, too, as a citizen archivist.”

Publishers Weekly: Internet Archive Seeking 10 Years of Publisher Sales Data for Its Fair Use Defense

Publishers Weekly: Internet Archive Seeking 10 Years of Publisher Sales Data for Its Fair Use Defense. “In an August 9 filing, IA attorneys told the court it is seeking monthly sales data for all books in print by the four plaintiff publishers (Hachette, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Wiley) dating back to 2011. But the publishers, IA lawyers told the court, have balked at the sweeping request reportedly countering that the request is well beyond what the case calls for.”

Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Joins IDS Project for Interlibrary Loan

Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Joins IDS Project for Interlibrary Loan. “The Internet Archive is pleased to announce it has joined the The Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative whose 120 members include public and private academic libraries from across the country. As a member of the IDS Project, the Internet Archive expands its ability to support libraries and library patrons by providing access to two million monographs and three thousand periodicals in its physical collections available for non-returnable interlibrary loan (ILL) fulfillment. “

Opinion: This San Francisco-based website is neo-Nazis’ favorite to spread their hatred (SF Gate)

SF Gate: Opinion: This San Francisco-based website is neo-Nazis’ favorite to spread their hatred. “For the past decade, Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) research has been exposing the Internet Archive’s enabling of Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other jihadi propaganda efforts and its function as a database for their distribution of materials, recruitment campaigns, incitement of violence, fundraising and even daily radio programs. We wrote that ISIS liked the platform because there was no way to flag objectionable content for review and removal — unlike on other platforms such as YouTube. Today, the Internet Archive enables neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the same ways, and its terms of use still deny responsibility for content uploaded to it.”

Stuff (New Zealand): National Library signs ‘historic’ agreement to donate 600,000 books to online archive

Stuff (New Zealand): National Library signs ‘historic’ agreement to donate 600,000 books to online archive. “The National Library will donate 600,000 books that it was planning to cull from its overseas collection to a United States-based internet archive that will make digital copies of the works freely available online. National Librarian Rachel Esson announced the ‘historic’ agreement on Monday, saying books left at the end of the library’s review process would be donated to the Internet Archive, a digital library with the self-stated mission of universal access to all knowledge.”

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Tips for Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in Your Next Investigation

Global Investigative Journalism Network: Tips for Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine in Your Next Investigation. “There are many ways journalists, researchers, fact checkers, activists, and the general public access the free-to-use Wayback Machine every day. Several thousand articles have been written about us, or reference our services. In fact, in GIJN’s My Favorite Tools series wrap for 2020, several leading investigative journalists identified it as a mainstay of their work. Following is an introduction for reporters interested in trying out the Wayback Machine for their next investigation.”

Internet Archive Blog: Early Web Datasets & Researcher Opportunities

Internet Archive Blog: Early Web Datasets & Researcher Opportunities. “In July, we announced our partnership with the Archives Unleashed project as part of our ongoing effort to make new services available for scholars and students to study the archived web…. As part of our partnership, we are releasing a series of publicly available datasets created from archived web collections. Alongside these efforts, the project is also launching a Cohort Program providing funding and technical support for research teams interested in studying web archive collections.”

Internet Archive Blog: Search Scholarly Materials Preserved in the Internet Archive

Internet Archive Blog: Search Scholarly Materials Preserved in the Internet Archive. “IA Scholar is a simple, access-oriented interface to content identified across several Internet Archive collections, including web archives, archive.org files, and digitized print materials. The full text of articles is searchable for users that are hunting for particular phrases or keywords. This complements our existing full-text search index of millions of digitized books and other documents on archive.org. The service builds on Fatcat, an open catalog we have developed to identify at-risk and web-published open scholarly outputs that can benefit from long-term preservation, additional metadata, and perpetual access.”

Open Culture: The Internet Archive Hosts 20,000 VHS Recordings of Pop Culture from the 1980s & 1990s: Enter the VHS Vault

Open Culture: The Internet Archive Hosts 20,000 VHS Recordings of Pop Culture from the 1980s & 1990s: Enter the VHS Vault. “My neighborhood thrift store has a very large VHS wall, filled with Hollywood movies, endless children’s videos, instructional tapes, and best of all a box of unknown vids. Maybe they’re blank. Maybe they contain 6 episodes of Matlock. And maybe, just maybe, they have something completely nuts. But who has time or the old technology for that, especially when the Internet Archive has recently expanded its VHS Vault section to 20,000 digitized tapes under the (non) curation of archivist Jason Scott. We make no claims for the quality of the videos contained therein, because that’s really up to you.”

Internet Archive Blog: Giving “Last Chance Books” New Life Through Digitization

Internet Archive: Giving “Last Chance Books” New Life Through Digitization. “Aging books are sent from libraries to the Internet Archive for preservation. Thanks to the careful work of the nearly 70 people who scan at digitization centers in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, the books get a second life with a new audience. Scanners sometimes call these ‘Last Chance Books’ and they take pride in restoring them. As they turn the pages one at time to be photographed and digitized, they develop a daily cadence—but it must be adjusted with fragile materials.”

University of Tokyo Library System: General Library’s Digital Archives Now Available Through the Internet Archive

University of Tokyo Library System: General Library’s Digital Archives Now Available Through the Internet Archive. “The materials from the General Library now available through the Internet Archive include 4180 items from 25 collections, all of which can be used freely without prior permission. At the Internet Archive, these materials can be viewed online as well as downloaded as PDFs. Also available at the UTokyo Academic Archives Portal, these items can now be found through searches of the Internet Archive’s vast range of resources from institutions throughout the world.”