Yahoo builds digital time capsuleArchive to be sealed until 2020
Shaun Nichols in California, vnunet.com 11 Oct 2006
ADVERTISEMENTYahoo has kicked off a project to build a digital time capsule, allowing users to submit stories, photos, videos, artwork and poetry through the project's website.
The Yahoo Time Capsule submissions will be collected until 8 November, when it will be sealed and stored at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Yahoo plans to reopen the digital archive in 2020 to mark the firm's 25th anniversary.
The capsule was designed by artist Jonathan Harris, and allows users to submit items under themes such as love, anger, fun and faith.
The Time Capsule website shows a rotating sphere containing pictures of the 100 most recent entries, as well as an index of all entries by theme. On the bottom of the page is a clock counting down the time remaining until the capsule is sealed.
The site also records submissions in several categories, including country, age, gender and theme.
In addition to contributing to the capsule, Yahoo is asking users to vote on how to distribute a $100,000 donation to be made by the company.
Before the capsule in sealed, Yahoo plans to project the content onto the side of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, Mexico.