The Internet Archive, established in 1996 and led by Brewster Kahle, is an American digital library and advocate for free information. It offers free access to a wide range of digitized content, such as websites, software, music, and more. Additionally, it actively promotes an open and unrestricted Internet. As of January 1, 2023, the Internet Archive holds an extensive collection, including 39 million print materials, 11.6 million audiovisual items, 2.6 million software programs, 15 million audio files, 4.7 million images, 251,000 concerts, and a staggering 832 billion web pages in its Wayback Machine. Their primary mission is to ensure "universal access to all knowledge."
The Internet Archive enables the public to upload and download digital content, but the majority of its data is gathered automatically through web crawlers, which aim to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its Wayback Machine houses a vast archive of web captures, numbering in the hundreds of billions. Furthermore, the Archive manages extensive book digitization projects, making it one of the world's largest efforts in this field.Open Resource