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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.

Feel free to join us on the IRC channel! We're on the EFnet network in a channel called #archiveteam, where we say truly awful things.

Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!)

  • MobileMe - Apple's file storage and sharing service, currently hosting over 200 terabytes of data, is shutting down on June 30, 2012.
    • A distributed tracker and very easy-to-use scripts are in place.
    • More downloaders are needed for this project!
    • Track the download progress at http://memac.heroku.com/ 205 terabytes and counting!
  • FortuneCity - A "free" webhost founded in 1997 with around 1 million users. Going non-free/closing on April 30, 2012.
    • Project essentially complete!
  • FanFiction.Net - Around 7 million fan-fiction stories hosted on what may be the largest site of its kind in the world. They're not shutting down but Archiveteam wants a copy for posterity.
    • Coders are currently needed to figure out an intelligent way to comprehensively archive the site.

Archive Team News

  • May, 2012: ArchiveTeam's save of Stage6, a defunct video sharing site run by DivX, Inc. is permanently preserved at the Internet Archive.
  • April, 2012: 20 million Friendster accounts spanning 14 terabytes are successfully rescued for permanent storage by Archive Team.
  • March, 2012: FortuneCity announced the end of its free-hosting model, threatening around one million user-generated websites.
  • March, 2012: We've switched servers to one of those new-fangled hosting companies that aren't hacked. We're going to sell you a lot less in the way of medical supplies now.
  • December, 2011: POE News says it will soon be nevermore: Announcement
  • December, 2011: GamePro magazine halts publication and their website goes dark.
  • November, 2011: Archiveteam rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.
  • July 2011: Archiveteam teaches you how to rescue data from Floppy Disks.
  • May, 2011: Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.
  • May, 2011: Archiveteam keeps it classy at poetry.com.
  • April, 2011: How about some Google Video?
  • March, 2011: The 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Conference talks are available.
  • February, 2011: Let's watch some Yahoo! Video
  • December, 2010: Archiveteam is Delicious!
  • October, 2010: Archiveteam offers Geocities as a torrent.
  • December 23, 2009: Yahoo shut down starwars.yahoo.com. We got a copy.
  • October, 2009: Geocities closing is definitely the top of the charts.

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

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

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