July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Internet archive: Universal access. Open APIs

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks), Alexis Rossi (Internet Archive)
11:10am–11:50am Friday, 07/24/2015
Scale E147/148
Average rating: ****.
(4.86, 7 ratings)
Slides:   external link

Prerequisite Knowledge

Basic understanding of APIs (RESTful or otherwise) would be helpful but not required.


With tens of millions of items in its collections, Internet Archive is one of the largest libraries in the world. It provides free and open access to all of its materials to anyone with an internet connection, making it a treasure trove for researchers, historians, and curious individuals.

Of course, having a collection that large doesn’t help anyone if it’s difficult to access. To help with this, Internet Archive has released a number of open APIs and tools to allow people to upload and download items, as well as data mine the metadata for the entire collection.

In this session we will:

  • Give you a tour of Internet Archive and its collections
  • Introduce you to the APIs and tools you can use to access and contribute to the Archive
  • Show examples of how other people and institutions are using the Archive
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (aka Vicky) Brasseur is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her nearly 20 years in the tech industry, Vicky has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, technical business consultant, and director of software engineering. Currently she is enjoying helping to change banking for the better as director of internal engineering at Simple. Vicky occasionally blogs and frequently tweets.

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Alexis Rossi

Internet Archive

Alexis Rossi is on her second tour of duty at the Internet Archive, working on a program to archive the entire internet and thinking about questions like: “what does ‘the entire internet’ mean?” and “do we really want it ALL?” Alexis currently manages all aspects of Internet Archive collections work for movies, audio, TV, and books, and runs the Wayback Machine project. From 2006-2008, Alexis managed the audio and video collections and Open Library, as well as working on the Open Content Alliance, and the Zotero/IA project.

Alexis has been working with internet content since 1996, when she discovered that being picky about words in books was good training for being picky about data on computers. She spent several years managing news content at ClariNet (the first online news aggregator), worked as the editorial director at Alexa Internet, and as product manager at Mixercast. Alexis has an MLIS, concentrating on web technologies and interfaces, and enjoys making jewelry, dancing, and baking Cookie Smackdown-winning cookies.

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VM Brasseur
07/27/2015 3:31am PDT

Slides for this talk are available (where else?) on Internet Archive: