When I first started duplicating DVDs as part of a volunteer project organized by Carl Malamud, I never thought the project would garner any media coverage, let alone interest from New York Times. But, I'm thrilled because the project is important for freedom of information, historical record and for democracy. All of which are important to me personally, and to us here at Phase2.
In February, a few of us kicked off a project that would start the International Amateur Scanning League, a group of volunteer citizens working with the National Archives to help make some old videos available online.
Carl organized the IASL and contacted some of us from the CopyNight group to see if we wanted to be volunteers. Our first efforts were to analyze the collection, determine on-site workflow and generally get the group organized to duplicate about 3,000 dvds.
There is so much content in Federal government agencies like NARA that is just waiting to be added to the information available on the internet. You can see some of our initial work already on YouTube and the Internet Archive.