Approximately $600,000 worth of digitization and scanning equipment has been destroyed by a fire at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. Fortunately no one was injured in the blaze, but some of the physical materials ruined had yet to be digitized. This causes problems for the non-profit organization, whose ability to meticulously record the history of the internet has been impacted significantly.
The organization is requesting donations and scanning assistance to get back on track. Hopefully the response will be fast – the archive was founded in 1996, and is home to more than 10 petrabytes of data concerning the history of the internet. To have a loss like this impact their wonderful work would be terribly tragic.