Mozilla Digital Memory Bank

A few of us at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University decided to start a blog to discuss the development of one of our new projects, the Mozilla Digital Memory Bank.

We hope that readers of this blog will be encouraged to participate in the project by uploading materials to the memory bank as well as send us any thoughts and/or advice.

About the Mozilla Digital Memory Bank…

With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CHNM is developing new approaches to online collecting of history with a particular focus on the problem of documenting a historical subject that has few central archives and institutions: open source. The Mozilla DMB will become the centerpiece of CHNM’s larger effort to collect, preserve, and analyze the history of open source as a cultural movement, spanning both free/libre and open source software and broader examples of commons-based peer production. By using proven online collecting techniques and consolidating scattered materials, we aim to create and preserve a comprehensive record of Mozilla and its key role in the open source movement.

Soon, the Mozilla DMB will begin seeking stories, images, videos, and documents related to the creation and growth of Mozilla. The entire Mozilla community of developers, testers and users will be able to participate in recording the past of this remarkable open source story by contributing their materials directly to the archive.

No item is too small: old emails, IM chat transcripts, a photo of yourself at a launch party…future (and current) historians will want to see all of that stuff!

We started uploading items from (mostly press releases and legal documents for now) and we plan to launch the site early this summer.

– Olivia

3 Responses to “Mozilla Digital Memory Bank”

  1. Cameron
    May 26th, 2006 | 4:56 pm

    IRC logs from since forever would be invaluable, but also rather large heh :)

  2. April 22nd, 2007 | 7:17 am

    What’s the status of the DMB? Did it ever get done? I really like the idea

  3. admin
    April 22nd, 2007 | 7:49 pm

    Yes. The MDMB has been up and running for about a year now. You can visit it at

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