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Friday, May 13, 2005
Michael Lesk writes that the Web may be as large as the Library of congress. The Web has been growing 10-fold each year. Current estimates of the number of Internet users run in the tens of millions, perhaps 50 M, and this might grow to one billion; thus a factor of twenty is available by increasing the number of people on the Web. If assuming that people put more and more of their life online best estimated to be a factor of 20.This suggests that the amount of Ascii on the Web might increase to 800 terabytes. The 20-terabyte size of the Library of Congress is widely quoted is derived by assuming that LC has 20 million books and each requires 1 MB. Of course, LC has much other stuff besides printed text, and this other stuff would take much more space.
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