Death of a language website: fsi-language-courses.org [UPDATED: It's back online and there are at least 3 mirror sites]

UPDATE: The site is back online!!! All of the files are also available at fsi.antibozo.net, fsi-languages.yojik.eu, or www.livelingua.com/fsi-language-courses.php, or you can use this torrent if you’d like to download everything.

If anyone knows what happened to fsi-language-courses.org, please let me know! It was the site that included all of the Foreign Service Institute courses in the public domain, and where I downloaded the courses in order to turn them into HTML pages for my FSI Project. For about a month the site has been unavailable with a 403 Forbidden message. There haven’t been any new files added since January 2011, but the site was still online as of this January. (Thanks Internet Archive!)

fsi-language-courses.org, where have you gone?

fsi-language-courses.org, where have you gone?

For those who have been downloading the FSI files for a while, you may remember that fsi-language-courses.org was actually created when the webmaster of fsi-language-courses.com stopped updating the site. The files are no longer available through that original site either. I downloaded many of the courses, but not all of them, and although some are available as torrents, I don’t know of another way of downloading the materials. Were any mirror sites ever created?

If anyone has any information about fsi-language-courses.org – I believe the webmaster went by VagabondPilgrim on the forums – or if the files are available to download in another location, please leave a comment or email me. A lot of people spent MANY hours digitizing the books and cassettes in order to share them with other language learners, so we need to get them back online!

 

UPDATE:

Try these sites (first three are mirror sites that should contain everything that is on the original site):

  1. fsi.antibozo.net – includes everything that was available on fsi-language-courses.org
  2. fsi-languages.yojik.eu – includes everything that was available on fsi-language-courses.org
  3. www.livelingua.com/fsi-language-courses.php
  4. fsi-dli.yojik.eu – directory listings for both FSI and Defense Language Institute public domain courses
  5. jlu.wbtrain.com – just the DLI courses
  6. Scribd
  7. Archive.org
  8. Wayback Machine

If you want to download all of the FSI files that were available, Joni has created a torrent (20.8 GB) from a site rip done in January 2011. Please help seed it for others to download too!

http://www.legittorrents.info/index.php?page=torrent-details&id=6c15cdfbc76fb8ef1ffc60cf05884d68764888e1

 

Thanks everyone!

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