From the first stone tablets and scratches on cave walls, humans have been determined to preserve our store of knowledge. At the University of Toronto Libraries, the tradition continues as a portion of their vast holdings are digitized and preserved through an initiative with the Internet Archive (www.archive.org).

The University of Toronto library team sends approximately one terabyte of data, in the form of scanned books, per day to the Internet Archive via the CANARIE network. A terabyte is one trillion bytes of data, equivalent to 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. This data transfer would not be possible on the commercial Internet, as the size of these files would take up too much bandwidth and potentially bring down the network.

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