Imagine 85 billion web pages, 4 petabytes of data, 300 hits/second to a virtualized datacenter running Ubuntu Linux in multiple countries all free and open to the public in support of proving out universal access to all human knowledge. I stopped in to join Brewster and his team at their regular open friday lunch at this afternoon. They are doing some really amazing work digitizing great collections of books, long play records, images and more with customers and collaborators ranging from the US Library of Congress to the great library of Alexandria. (They had just sent some gear to them). They'd love to put a Blackbox on the front lot as a collaborative project since it fits their needs for massive power while saving the planet. a cool-running datacenter-in-a-box. They also want to look at Honeycomb and Thumper too, but volumes of them.
They've just open sourced the application and site call the Wayback which is a wonderful way to see the history of the web as it was when it started. The view from the front door.
Brewster runs a pretty amazing 1 hour session with food where his staff and welcome visitors update everyone on their work. Kind of an open source staff meeting. Kristine and I are going to plan a follow up event on digital convergence to the Digital Hollywood University Project forum I threw this year at the Computer History Museum. I think I'll try to get the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts as a location if it's even remotely possible.
To see the forefront of what a digital library is and can be. Send them a note and particpate. They are based in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco close to George Lucas' new digital arts center. They also have a satellite truck that prints free books for kids and places that have no access to the web. Great people working together in an open way on a great mission.