Yesterday, a huge fire destroyed the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning centre, which digitally preserves all manner of books, films and microfilms for future use.
Most importantly, nobody was harmed. And, while the Archive lost some physical materials which were in the process of being digitised, the bulk were in a separate physical archive. There are some big headaches though:
While power interruptions caused some sporadic outages on archive.org, no data has been lost. Eight workers who staffed the scanning center will temporarily relocate to our Physical Archive facility across the Bay. The current estimated value of scanning equipment lost in the fire is $US600,000.