Brewster Kahle (SHS Class of '78) has recently been profiled for his efforts to backup the backups of our digital culture. Kahle is best known as the founder of the Internet Archive, which takes snapshots of the web and is engaged in one of the world’s most extensive book digitization projects.
But when Kahle saw how other digitization projects were destroying and disposing of books after creating digital copies, he decided that it was also important to create a collection of physical books, one copy for every title that his organization digitizes.
The Technium has written up a great story explaining why our fellow alum cares so much about preserving books that other people are happy to throw out. Check it out here for more information.