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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

Warrior based projects

  • TwitPic, an image hosting service for Twitter, is shutting down on October 25, 2014. IRC Channel #quitpic.
  • Four genealogy-themed websites (and their many sub-domains and message boards) that are being sunsetted by Ancestry.com. IRC Channel #ancienthistory.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC channel #urlteam.
  • Qwiki: No, it's not a wiki. Acquired in 2013 by Yahoo!, shutting down on November 1, 2014. IRC Channel #quickie.
  • GameMaker Sandbox: YoYo Games is launching a new platform.

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.
  • Audit 2014: It's time to verify our shit. IRC Channel #auditteam.

Upcoming projects

  • Orkut: Orkut gets kut on September 30, 2014. IRC Channel #throatkut.
  • Panoramio: Google is migrating photos only (no metadata!) to Maps. IRC Channel #paranormio.
  • Halo: Downloading all the read-only data from Halo. IRC Channel #yolohalo.

Recently finished


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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