Larry Blakeley (May 21, 2007)


(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley dot com)

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I manage this Web site and the following Web sites: Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my oldest daughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my middle daughter



Web Archive

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Wayback Machine: (Interview with Wayback's inventor, Brewster Kahle here)
The way back machine is a user interface on top of the web collection that allows people to surf the web as it was. The US version has been very popular in the United States getting the # 1 website of the year from Yahoo Internet Life and Der Spiegel. This historic collection is already invaluable to scholars trying to understand the interactions between people and events. We expect to build special collections that reflect the interests of the patrons of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Television Archive

Two months of Worldnet and one month of Egyptian Television complete broadcasts are available at DVD quality in the library. Streamed versions of the Television news are accessible online for research purposes only. This uses Windows Media Video, encoded at 100 kb/sec.

Movie Archive

This collection contains 1000 movies originally from the Prelinger Archives. The films focus mainly on everyday life, culture, industry, and institutions in North America in the 20 th century. This rich archive can be used to freely copy and view, or more importantly to help people make their own movies using this as free stock footage. Enabling children to make their own movies and then redistribute them on the Internet will lead to new forms of expression quite different from current cinema and television. This collection will be augmented with digitized movies from all over the world in the coming years.

Currently these are only available for download in DVD quality (MPEG2-2). To play an MPEG2-2 (.mpg) movie on Windows, install an application such as Elecard's MPEG2-2 video decoderc shareware.Download Elecard

The Internet Archive is a complete snapshot of all Web pages on every website since 1996 till today. The purpose of the Internet Archive is to include the main part of the World Wide Web collection. Since the web changes rapidly - the average lifetime of a page on the Internet is 100 days, this snapshot is retaken every two months. The resulting collection is 10 billion pages. In April 2003, the Internet Archive in San Francisco donated a copy of the Internet Archive to Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The archive at Bibliotheca Alexandrina includes 10 billion Web pages from 1996-2001; 2000 hours of Egyptian and US television broadcast and 1000 archival films. It represents 100 terabytes of data stored on 200 computers.

More broadly, there is a plan for disseminating the Internet Archive centers around the world. Where the first center is located in California in the United States of America, the second one will be located at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and there will be a third center in Europe and a fourth one in Asia. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Internet Archive are committed to the goal of the universal digital library: preserving the heritage of humanity and ensuring access to all this heritage.

To achieve these goals Bibliotheca Alexandrina needs to keep a mirror site of the Internet Archive. The scope of the project will involve:

Maintaining an up-to-date copy of the web archive from 1996 until today

Enabling worldwide access to the collection through the web

Building special collections that reflect the interests of the patrons of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is believed that this historic collection is invaluable to scholars trying to understand the interactions between people and events. Similar to the special collections built by the Library of Congress for "US Election 2000" and "September 11th", building special collections reflecting topics of the Arabic region will be a great asset to the users of the Internet Archive in the Arab world.

Inviting researchers to work on the data (computer engineers,
linguists, etc)

Laying the foundations for developing specialized web harvesting