SAN FRANCISCO-Internet Archive FCU's sponsor is not your typical CU sponsor. For one thing, it's literally on the other side of the continent from the credit union, and for another, the CU wasn't chartered to serve its sponsor. So, who is Internet Archive?

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library with the goal of creating free access to its resources and bringing a semblance of permanence to the otherwise ephemeral and always-changing venue of the World Wide Web.

"Libraries exist to preserve society's cultural artifacts and to provide access to them," Internet Archive says on its site. "If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world. ...Without cultural artifacts, civilization has no memory and no mechanism to learn from its successes and failures."

Perhaps its most well-known project is the Wayback Machine, which allows a user to view previous iterations of websites. Other projects include Open Library, Archive-It, BookServer, NASA Images, Bookmobile, Open Content Alliance and 301Works.org.

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