With Archive.org, you get what you pay for. I'd say you get a little bonus with that group because
they appear to be relatively well-funded and well-connected, so they are not likely to just
disappear one day.
Chris Brady, if you want something exactly to your specification, beggars can't be choosers. You'll
need to fund your own archive.
I have uploaded stuff to Archive.org and don't like their uploading system, and I really don't like
that they don't have professional oversight of the metadata, it's just a user-entered "groupsource"
cluster-you-know-what. This makes searching unreliable and descriptions sometimes useless. I always
get the sense that there's a goldmine of stuff I'm interested in buried in Archive.org but I'll
never have the patience to find it because it's mis-filed, mis-described or uploaded incorrectly.
But it's free and there's a ton of interesting information up there, sprinkled with plenty of junk
and porn. Like the rest of the interwebs.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy A. Riddle" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Spam Free Archives
> The volunteer group I've worked with for awhile, the Old Time Radio
> Researcher's Group, uses archive.org as the permanent home of their
> "certified" radio series - they make new transfers of discs or early
> generation tapes and try to find the best existing copy of shows in a
> series and put the resulting files there.
> Archive.org also has partnerships with libraries that are digitizing books
> and other materials at the site.
> I uploaded some collections of audio related to a 30s-60s gay nightclub
> performer, Ray Bourbon, to archive.org some time ago as well as three
> documentaries I produced in the 1990s. I'm happy with it as a public home
> for this digital material.
> Since users can upload material, some spam gets through, but does come down
> I'd say it's still the best option.
> Randy A. Riddle
> [log in to unmask]
> On Mon, May 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM, Tim Stamps <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> My take on this is that archive.org is still the best option.
>> The fact that they have been overtaken by spam means they
>> need a spring-cleaning. If enough people write in with complaints,
>> I am sure they will comply as best they can. Any other public site is
>> bound to fall victim as well - after all, it *is* the internet.
>> For a perpetually free-from-spam site, you may need to look for
>> one that requires logins, or even paid registrations or subscriptions
>> but that would certainly limit your audience significantly.
>> A subscription site like ARSC would be a good option, if they
>> were interested in setting up an online archive site for members.
>> Tim S.
>> On May 19, 2014, at 11:38 AM, CJB wrote:
>> > I have a number of archival recordings both sound and video to upload
>> > to archive sites in perpetuity - or for as long as the Internet
>> > exists.
>> > I thought of YouTube - however its is not audio file friendly, it
>> > appends adverts, and there is a LOT of junk on there. Also being owned
>> > by Google it is subject to ephemeral whims as to which files are
>> > allowed to remain and which are summarily removed.
>> > Then I thought that Archive.org would be a good option. Its easy to
>> > upload files, metadata can be added, it does not carry advertising,
>> > and once uploaded a file is converted into numerous forts, and there
>> > is also a number of download options. BUT ... I have now found that
>> > there are considerable uploads of porn material and files advertising
>> > the services of prostitutes etc. such as Indian woman in Dubai (FGS).
>> > So do folks here know of other reliable - and importantly porn free -
>> > serious archive sites?
>> > Thanks -
>> > Chris B.