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If you think that preserving the history of the Internet is a noble cause, then a job with the Internet Archive might be a great fit for you.

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Humans are really good at destroying history. It’s not usually intentional, but it’s hard to know what will be historically significant before it’s historically significant. Since most of us are constantly running out of space for “stuff,” it’s nearly impossible not to replace the old with the new. It’s happened with architecture, cars, toys, books, nature, and pretty much everything else we’ve touched, but nowhere is it happening more quickly than on the Internet. Old information is constantly being replaced with new information. It seems like a good thing–and it generally is–but we need to start coming to terms with the fact that more and more of our history is happening online. Luckily, we have the Internet Archive. They are a San Francisco, CA based non-profit that has been “building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form” since 1996. They’ve built an amazing resource, that you can access through the Wayback Machine. You can type in any URL and see what it looked like in the past. It’s amazingly cool, but a bit embarrassing for those of us who had websites back in the day.

Are You in the Archive?

The Internet Archive is full of useless information. Most of it will never be looked at again. However, we don’t know which archived sites might be interesting 30 years down the road. Maybe it will be a presidential candidate’s old blog or an entrepreneur’s first project. Since it’s impossible to know what will be important, the Internet Archive just keeps crawling and archiving the web as thoroughly as they can. I’m a huge fan of what they do, but I never thought to look to see what kind of jobs they offer until recently. If you look at the Internet Archive’s Jobs page, you’ll see that they offer a wide range of Engineering and Software Development positions. All of the current job postings are quite technical, but if you want to get a feel for what other types of positions they might offer in the future, take a look at the Internet Archive’s Staff page.

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