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HISTORY IS OUR FUTURE

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And we've been trashing our history

Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

This website is intended to be an offloading point and information depot for a number of archiving projects, all related to saving websites or data that is in danger of being lost. Besides serving as a hub for team-based pulling down and mirroring of data, this site will provide advice on managing your own data and rescuing it from the brink of destruction.

Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!)

Archive Team recruiting

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URLTeam needs a new tracker!

Warrior based projects

  • Swipnet: Swipnet.se gets swiped on August 31, 2014. IRC Channel #swiped.
  • Twitch.tv: Holy déjà vu! Archives to be deleted August 27, 2014. IRC Channel #burnthetwitch.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC channel #urlteam. (Currently broken, see above)

Help us: ☞ Download and run your warrior ☜. What's on: online tracker.

Manual projects

  • FTP: Download all the FTP sites!
  • WikiTeam: permanent effort, everyone can help (you choose the size of your downloads).
  • ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space and bandwidth and long-term commitment.

Upcoming projects

  • Four genealogy-themed websites (and their many sub-domains and message boards) that are being sunsetted by Ancestry.com
  • Saving Verizon customer pages, shutting down on September 2014.
  • MLKSHK: MLKSHK is NOT shutting down. Reprieved on June 30, 2014.
  • Orkut: Orkut gets kut on September 30, 2014. IRC Channel #throatkut.

Recently finished

  • Yahoo! Voices: Self-destruct sequence initiated. ETA July 31, 2014. IRC Channel #shutup.
  • Fotopedia: Taking its last photo on August 10, 2014. IRC Channel #fotofinished.
  • Canv.as: Canvas wants a permanent home at IA. IRC Channel #canvas.


Archive Team News

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What is What

  • Deathwatch is where we keep track of sites that are sickly, dying or dead.
  • Fire Drill is where we keep track of sites that seem fine but a lot depends on them.
  • Projects is a comprehensive list of AT endeavors.
  • Philosophy describes the ideas underpinning our work.

Some Starting Points

  • Software will assist you in regaining control of your data by providing tools for information backup, archiving and distribution.
  • Formats will familiarise you with the various data formats, and how to ensure your files will be readable in the future.
  • Storage Media is about where to get it, what to get, and how to use it.

Quote of the Moment

"[Yahoo!] found the way to destroy the most massive amount of history in the shortest amount of time with absolutely no recourse"

Internet Atrocity! GeoCities' Demise Erases Web History
By Dan Fletcher, TIME Magazine, Monday, Nov. 09, 2009

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Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at ARCHIVE.ORG

Archive Team can always be reached at archiveteam@archiveteam.org
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