Computer Scientists Measure How Much of the Web is Archived

Museums and libraries have long attempted to preserve cultural artifacts for future generations. Given that the internet is a cultural phenomenon of extraordinary variety and influence, it’s no surprise that archivists are turning their attention to preserving it for future generations.  

That’s no easy task given the rate at which new pages, pictures, videos and audio recordings appear and disappear from the online world. So an interesting question is how much of the web they’ve so far managed to save.

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MIT Technology Review


Scott Ainsworth, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia