Thank you for everyone's response.
Yes - it seems that Archive.org is a good option. It was just that I
was surprised at all the porn spam on it.
However a BIG PLUS is that the staff actually respond to inquiries and
offer to help and advise.
On 20/05/2014, Frank Scott <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> When searching a massive collection like archive.org where you're not sure
> exactly where to look might I suggest using Google's "site search." Using
> Google enter "search term" site:archive.org and you will find every page on
> archive.org where that search term is located. Someone mentioned performer
> "Ray Bourbon" - I tried that and came up with 785 hits at archive.org. The
> archives own search features are pretty clunky but this works every time.
> And, of course, this approach can be used on any site.
> Frank Scott
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Spam Free Archives
> 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
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> 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
>> 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
>> for this digital material.
>> Since users can upload material, some spam gets through, but does come
>> I'd say it's still the best option.
>> Randy A. Riddle
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>> 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.