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Tom Robinson - 6 Music | 12:27 UK time, Monday, 25 January 2010

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Website of the Week this week is the grandly-named Internet Archive - a non-profit digital library founded in 1996 with the impossibly ambitious goal of providing "universal access to all knowledge." And, actually, it already does provide access to the world's largest creative-commons resource of software, videos, books, audio recordings and websites from across the years.

Its collections are available to researchers, historians, scholars and the general public who can upload or download material at no cost. Many musicians permanently archive their live recordings, or find inspiration among its vast visual resources - which include the complete NASA images and the celebrated Prelinger Archive of vintage Public Information films - to name but two.

Best of all in many ways, you can go back in time to view websites and pages from the earliest days of the World Wide Web. Being a non-profit publicly funded organisation you won't see fancy graphics, cutting edge web design design or slick PR campaigns telling you how great it is. But the fact remains, it's a fantastic resource for creative artists of every kind, and one of the nost underrated wonders of the online world.

All of which is why I have no hesitation in making Archive.org my Website of the Week.


Tom Robinson presents BBC Introducing - Fresh on the Net on BBC 6 Music on Sunday and Monday nights.

Read Tom's previous Websites of the Week.

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