The Internet Archive is building a library of amateur radio broadcasts

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The Internet Archive aims to build a new library of old content. It extends beyond Flash games and animations, movies, books, and (of course) website snapshots with the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC). This particular archive, which will be led by technology historian Kay Savetz, will include amateur radio broadcasts and digital material from the early days of the Internet.

Savetz said Gizmodo that its remit includes just about every type of digital communications from the 1970s through the early 1990s. Although the preservation project focuses on amateur radio recordings, it may also include podcasts, digital newsletters, photos , videos and, yes, websites. It is also planned to digitize the printed documents. “I want the obscure stuff, the locally produced ham radio bulletins or the little magazines, that kind of stuff,” Savetz said.

The DLARC team, which receives funding from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation, is seeking help in building the collection. It is looking for “partners and contributors with treasures of amateur radio, amateur radio and books, magazines, documents, catalogs, manuals, videos, software, personal archives and other collections of historical documents, whatever their size.” He added that every collection in the library will be accessible to everyone. The project will also offer a discovery portal designed for education and research use cases.


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