Fire at the Internet Archive

Gestern hat es im Scanning Center des Internet Archives gebrannt und sie haben dabei Equipment im Wert von über einer halben Million Dollar verloren. Ich hab' da grade einen Fuffi in die Kasse getan, weil die Damen und Herren dort seit Jahren dem Internet einen unschätzbaren Dienst erweisen. And you should, too.

This morning at about 3:30 a.m. a fire started at the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center. The good news is that no one was hurt and no data was lost. Our main building was not affected except for damage to one electrical run. This power issue caused us to lose power to some servers for a while.

An early estimate shows we may have lost about $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment, and we will need to repair or rebuild the scanning building. It is in difficult times like these that we turn to our community.

What help could we use?

Funding. Your donations will help us rebuild the scanning capabilities in books, microfilm, and movies.
Scanning. The employees affected by the fire will need continued digitization work at our alternate location while we recover.

Archive.org: Scanning Center Fire — Please Help Rebuild
Richmond District of SF: Part of Internet Archive building badly burned in early morning fire