The Internet Archive Wants To Be A Digital Library For Everything | Sunday TODAY


>>>THINK OF A LIBRARY AND WHAT COMES TO MIND. MAYBE THE ONE IN YOUR HOMETOWN WHERE YOU GREW UP PULLING INDEX CARDS FROM A FILING CABINET, USING THE DEWY DECIMAL SYSTEM TO FIND YOUR DUSTY BOOKS. LIBRARIES HAVE CHANGED TO KEEP UP WITH THE WAY WE GET OUR INFORMATION ONLINE. WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THAT OLD CONTENT POSTED TO THE INTERNET? TURNS OUT THERE’S A LIBRARY FOR THAT, TOO. DASHA BURNS OF OUR STREAMING SERVICE NBC NEWS NOW TRAVELS TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR OUR SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT.>>Reporter: THIS FORMER CHURCH IS FILLED WITH TREASURES FROM THE PAST BUT IT MIGHT ALSO HOLD A KEY TO THE FUTURE. SO THIS SOUND HAS BEEN DIGITIZED?>>YES. AND A LOT OF THE MUSIC THAT WE’VE BEEN DIGITIZING JUST HASN’T BEEN ON THE INTERNET EVER.>>Reporter: THE PLACE IS HOME TO A NONPROFIT CALLED THE INTERNET ARCHIVE. THEY WANT TO BE A DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR EVERYTHING, AND I MEAN EVERYTHING.>>CAN WE MAKE IT SO THAT ALL THE PUBLISHED WORKS OF HUMAN KIND CAN BE ACCESSIBLE TO ANYBODY?>>Reporter: IT SOUNDS IMPOSSIBLE BUT IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE BACK IN THE THIRD CENTURY.>>THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA WAS AMAZING IN THAT IT WAS THE COLLECTION OF WHAT THE GREEKS, THE ROMANS, THE HEBREWS ALL HAD TO SAY AND IT WAS IN ONE PLACE.>>Reporter: THE TEAM WANTS TO RESURRECT THE LIBRARY IN 21st CENTURY STYLE. YOU BUILT THIS BEAST.>>YES.>>Reporter: WHY?>>THE QUESTION IS, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR TECHNOLOGY THAT WOULD BE GOOD? WELL, WHY DON’T WE GO AND BUILD THE LIBRARY THAT’S BEEN PROMISED ALL THESE YEARS?>>Reporter: BUT THAT’S A PRETTY MASSIVE UNDERTAKING. HOW BIG IS THE INTERNET ARCHIVE? YOUR PHONE IS IN 64 AND 40 PETABYTES IS THE INTERNET ARCHIVE.>>EVERY TIME SOMETHING BLIVG B THEY’RE UPLOADING OR DOWNLOADING.>>OVER A MILLION PEOPLE A DAY USE THE INTERNET ARCHIVE AND YOU CAN SEE THEIR ACTIVITY.>>Reporter: FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING THAT’S EVER BEEN IS THERE. THAT’S NOT REALLY THE CASE.>>THIS IS A DIARY OF A RUSSIAN GENERAL.>>Reporter: IF YOU DIDN’T DIGITIZE IT, HOW LONG WOULD THAT LAST?>>IT WOULD GET LOST IN TIME.>>Reporter: IT’S AN INTERESTING CHALLENGE. HOW DO WE PRESERVE OUR HISTORY, OUR KNOWLEDGE, OUR INFORMATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD?>>FIRST STEP, PUT IT ALL ONLINE, JUST ALL OF IT.>>Reporter: MOST INFORMATION TODAY DOES GO DIRECTLY ONLINE. BUT THE AVERAGE LIFE OF A WEB PAGE IS ONLY 100 DAYS.>>I THINK THERE’S THIS IDEA ONCE IT’S ON THE INTERNET IT’S THERE FOREVER. THAT’S NOT REALLY TRUE.>>NOT AT ALL.>>Reporter: MARK GRAHAM IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE WAY BACK MACHINE, THE INTERNET ARCHIVES, WELL, ARCHIVE OF THE INTERNET.>>A STUDY DONE AT HARVARD, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT LOOKED AT LINKS WE USED IN SUPREME COURT OPINIONS AND FOUND AFTER A FEW YEARS, 49% OF THE LINKS NO LONGER RESOLVED TO THE CONTENT.>>Reporter: FOR THE OPINIONS OF THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND.>>CORRECT.>>Reporter: IS THE WAY BACK MACHINE FIXING THAT?>>WORKING ON IT.>>Reporter: A TOOL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.>>WE GOT THIS PHONE CALL FROM SOMEONE AT GOOGLE WHO ASKED IF WE HAD SEEN WHAT DONALD TRUMP HAD JUST TWEETED.>>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT HAD TWEETED A VIDEO, ALLEGING GOOGLE DIDN’T PROMOTE LAST YEAR’S STATE OF THE UNION.>>SO GOOGLE ASKED IF WE HAD A COPY OF THE FRONT PAGE.>>Reporter: THEY DON’T HAVE A RECORD OF THAT?>>THAT’S NOT THEIR JOB NECESSARILY.>>Reporter: IT IS A JOB FOR THE WAY BACK MACHINE.>>WE CAN SHOW IT WAS, IN FACT, BEING PROMOTED.>>Reporter: A MODERN DAY RESOURCE THAT WILL HAVE MODERN DAY CONSEQUENCES.>>PEOPLE WILL GET A PASS FOR SOME THINGS BUT I THINK THEY’LL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OTHER ASPECTS OF THEIR DIGITAL LIVES.>>Reporter: FOR YOU THOSE TRADE-OFFS ARE WORTH IT?>>WE’RE ALL ADJUSTING TO A DIGITAL WORLD.>>Reporter: FOR “SUNDAY TODAY,” DASHA BURNS.>>DASHA, THANK YOU.

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