Here at Crate Labs, “curation” is more than just a buzzword to us. It’s a tenet of our mission and a pillar of our platform. Everything we do is an investment in making the Internet a more efficient, enjoyable and enlightening place by harnessing and amplifying the power of old-fashioned, hand-crafted curation.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce an exciting step towards fulfilling that ambitious promise via a new partnership with one of the web’s most important custodians and curators: the (one and only) Internet Archive!
Founded in 1996, the Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library dedicated to providing “universal access to all knowledge. It provides permanent storage of and free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books.” (via Wikipedia) As of today, its collection is topped at a mind boggling 15 petabytes.
As astonishing as the Archive’s content is, it faces the same “iceberg” challenges that so much of the web struggles with: a vast library of content beneath the surface, but only a finite number of channels to showcase and surface it.
That’s where the crates come in! Starting today, you can now use CratePlayer to collect, organize, play, and share the vast majority* of audio and video content from the Archive, just like you can with videos from YouTube or music from SoundCloud. To crate Archive content, just go to a media or collection page on archive.org, click on the “Crate It” browser bookmarklet, and you can start curating a master archival collection of your own. (If you don’t have the bookmarklet, you can get it here.)
Our hope is that (with your help) the outcome of our collaboration is that more of the Internet Archive’s amazing content will get seen, heard, shared and enjoyed through the conduit of curation.
The possibilities are truly as expansive as the Archive itself, but here are a few show-crates we’ve put together that illustrate the amazing array of content that awaits you:
Amazing Archival Commodore 64 Gameplay
Uber Cool Obscure German Minimal Techno
Long Lost Christmas Cartoons
The Crateful Dead, LIVE (it had to be pun, forgive us! :)
As with any new integration, some metadata may get messy and some things are bound to break. So kindly mind the gap, and if you encounter any bugs or issues, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d also welcome your suggestions and ideas for future features, partnerships and endeavors.
We hope you share our excitement about our new alliance with the Archive and can’t wait to see what you crate!
Here’s to curating a better Internet together,
Joe & The Crate Labs Crew
P.S. The Internet Archive was recently the unfortunate victim of a fire and they are currently fundraising to pay for repairs of the damages. You can help support and restore this amazing organization by making a donation here.
* audio: MP3 format, video MPEG4 / h.264 formats. In general, you can crate archive content that has an HTTPS link in the left column.