Publishing to the Internet Archive

Publishing to the Internet Archive

About the Internet Archive

At Permanent, we want to make it easy for you to share your archives, both privately and publicly. For media you wish to share more widely, we've partnered with the Internet Archive to quickly publish files from Permanent to the Internet Archive. 

What is the Internet Archive you ask? It is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Their mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge. A pretty lofty goal! To achieve this goal they are building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Basically, they are one of our biggest inspirations. The goal of Permanent is to help expand this effort of Universal Access to include the individual, personal archives of All People.

Publishing to the Internet Archive

Because the Internet Archive is public domain first and Permanent is private first, public second, we’ve integrated this feature to the current publishing workflow. This helps to prevent the accidental publication of private records in your archive. You won’t see this feature if you’re not trying to publish a file. Please note that once files are published to the Internet Archive, they cannot be unpublished or taken down from the Internet Archive.

To publish a file on the Internet Archive, hit the Publish button in your My Files Workspace menu and then click Publish to confirm that you're publishing your file to your Permanent Public Archive.

Now that the file has been made public on Permanent, you'll see the option to publish it to the Internet Archive. Click Publish to the Internet Archive.



You'll see a link to your file in the Internet Archive. It may take a few minutes for the file to appear in the Internet Archive. You can either copy the link and paste it in to your browser, or you can click View on Web to see your file in the Internet Archive.

If your file is already located in the Public Workspace of your Permanent archive, click the Get Link button to find the option to publish to the Internet Archive.



    • Related Articles

    • Tour of Your New Permanent Account and Archive

      Congratulations on taking the first steps towards preserving the materials and memories that mean the most to you! We are excited to have you joining the Permanent community. When you log into your Permanent.org account, you will land in your first ...
    • Etherpad Prototype

      Thank you for helping test Permanent.org’s new Etherpad integration! Overview Permanent.org’s Etherpad Prototype uses the web monetization API. This technology uses a browser extension to make micropayments to an online service provider. This allows ...
    • Archive Profiles

      Your Archive Profile is where you can describe the person, organization, group, or family that your archive is about. Here, you can change the the name of the archive, add a biography, birth date and location, and list important dates, or milestones, ...
    • Public Archives

      Your Public Archive is a gallery of your materials that is publicly available for anyone on the internet to view. Upload, organize, describe, and publish your records and then share your Public Archive URL with friends and family. Adding, removing, ...
    • Archive Settings

      The Archive Settings menu is where you can manage different settings relating to the archive you are currently working in. You can manage the tags used in your archive, and decide whether you want your files to be downloadable from your public ...