Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, on the 25th anniversary of this essential institution dedicated to preserving our common history on the internet: Reflections as the Internet Archive turns 25.
As a young man, I wanted to help make a new medium that would be a step forward from Gutenberg’s invention. By building a Library of Everything in the digital age, I thought the opportunity was not just to make it available to everybody in the world, but to make it better– smarter than paper. By using computers, we could make the Library not just searchable, but organizable; make it so that you could navigate your way through millions, and maybe eventually billions of web pages.
Source: Reflections as the Internet Archive turns 25 – Internet Archive Blogs
Another sign of the bad times in the Norwegian IT industry: The leadership of NITH (the Norwegian Information Technological College) have decided to close down the campus at Bekkestua outside Oslo, and move everything to the Oslo campus from the 1st of July 2003. They will still keep the Stavanger and Bergen campuses. This information is from an article (in Norwegian) on the student site Diplom.no.
The decision was based the low recruitment for IT studies in general this year, the low number of applicants for the Bekkestua campus, and the trend that most new students seem to prefer the more central Oslo campus. After studying at Bekkestua for three years, this is somewhat sad for me, and I’m sure for other previous students who have spent many years there…