The Internet Archive Is Building A Library Of Amateur Radio Broadcasts

The DLARC team, which is supported by the Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation, is looking for volunteers to help build the collection.

The Internet Archive Is Building A Library Of Amateur Radio Broadcasts
The Internet Archive Is Building A Library Of Amateur Radio Broadcasts

The Internet Archive intends to create a new library of old content. With the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications, it’s going beyond Flash games and animations, movies, books, and (of course) website snapshots (DLARC).

This archive, led by tech historian Kay Savetz, will include amateur radio broadcasts as well as digital material from the early days of the internet.

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Savetz told Gizmodo that he is responsible for virtually all digital communications from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

While the preservation project is primarily concerned with amateur radio recordings, it may also include early podcasts, digital newsletters, photos, videos, and, yes, websites. There are also plans to digitize print materials.

“I want the obscure stuff, like locally produced ham radio newsletters or smaller magazines,” Savetz explained.

The DLARC team, which is supported by the Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation, is looking for volunteers to help build the collection.

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It’s seeking “partners and contributors with troves of ham radio, amateur radio, and early digital communications-related books, magazines, documents, catalogs, manuals, videos, software, personal archives and other historical records collections, no matter how big or small.”

It also stated that every collection in the library will be open to the public. In addition, the project will provide a discovery portal designed for educational and research use cases.

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