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      Free Service Enables Users to Access Archived Versions
      of Web Sites Dating from 1996

      Contact:Anne-miek Hamelinck
      Antenna Group


      SAN FRANCISCO (October 24, 2001) - The Internet Archive, a comprehensive
      library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form,
      today launched the Wayback Machine, a free service allowing people to access
      and use archived versions of past web pages. For the first time, all members
      of the public will be able to search and view the Internet Archive's
      enormous collection of web sites, dating back to 1996 and comprising over 10
      billion web pages.

      The service, which was unveiled tonight at a ceremony at the University of
      California at Berkeley's Bancroft Library, is available at web.archive.org.
      To use the Wayback Machine, visitors simply type in a URL in the provided
      search box, select a date, and then begin surfing on an archived version of
      the web.

      "In 1996, we created the Internet Archive because we felt it was critical to
      preserve a permanent record of this historically significant new medium for
      the public," said Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle. "To date, the
      Archive has catalogued over ten billion web pages that might otherwise have
      been lost, giving us both a record of the origins and evolution of the
      Internet, as well as snapshots of our society as a whole around the turn of
      the century. For our fifth anniversary, we are opening up the Archive to the
      public by launching the Wayback Machine, so that everyone can travel back in
      time and view the Internet as it was in the past-and as it matures into the

      Since 1996, when the Internet Archive was founded in order to create a
      permanent collection of digital material for the public, the Internet
      Archive has been storing and recording web pages. Collaborating with
      institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian
      Institution, the Internet Archive's comprehensive library of the Web's
      digital past comprises 100 terabytes of data and is growing at a rate of 10
      terabytes per month, eclipsing the amount of data contained in every library
      in the world including the Library of Congress, and making it the largest
      known database in existence.

      "By keeping an historical record of what Web sites looked like and how they
      evolved over time, the Internet Archive is an invaluable resource for
      journalism educators, academic researchers and people who just want to see
      how the media and our culture marked important historical events," said Paul
      Grabowicz, Director of the New Media Program and Assistant Dean at Northgate
      UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. "Now, thanks to the Archive's new
      Wayback Machine, everyone has the opportunity to revisit, study and enjoy
      these important 'first drafts of history'."

      About the Internet Archive

      The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 in order to build a digital library
      and other cultural artifacts in digital form, with the purpose of offering
      permanent and free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the
      general public. The Archive holds a collection of archived web pages, dating
      from 1996 and comprising 100 terabytes. Since 1999, the Archive has expanded
      its collections to include: a September 11 television and online catalog; an
      Election 2000 online library; archived movies from 1903-1973; and other
      documents. Located in San Francisco, the Archive is a 501(c)(3) public
      nonprofit whose benefactors include Alexa Internet, AT&T Research, Compaq,
      the Kahle/Austin Foundation, Prelinger Archives, Quantum DLT, Xerox PARC,
      the Library of Congress, and the National Science Foundation.


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