HISTORY IS OUR FUTURE
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
- URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam (on EFnet).
- 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak: Documenting and preserving data, events, and impacts of the virus on society. IRC Channel #coronarchive (on EFnet)
- Yahoo! Groups: Years of internet threads, soon to go private-only. IRC Channel #yahoosucks (on hackint)
- ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space, bandwidth and long-term commitment. IRC Channel #archivebot (on EFnet).
- WikiTeam: Saving wikis dumps (XML). And their external links for the Wayback Machine (WARC) as well as exporting MediaWiki databases. Permanent effort, everyone can help (you choose the size of your downloads). IRC Channel #wikiteam (on EFnet).
- MP3.com: Digging through the WayBack Machine's archives to build a database of all the DAM CDs made available through the site.
Upcoming & proposed projects
Recently finished projects
- League of Legends Boards & Forum: Riot forcing Boards to surrender at 20 then smiting it and the forum archive on March 16th. IRC Channel #archiveteam-bs (on EFnet).
- 8tracks: social network around audio streaming and creating playlists, was going to shut down 2019-12-31 but has been acquired and restored. IRC Channel #8ball (on hackint).
- Plays.tv: Stopping.tv on 2019-12-15. IRC Channel #stops.tv (on hackint).
- YouTube: Making playlists of liked videos private on 2019-12-05. IRC Channel #down-the-tube (on hackint).
Hiatus / Missed the Mark
ArchiveTeam primarily uses the EFnet IRC network – irc://irc.efnet.org – webchat: http://chat.efnet.org:9090 – More info
ArchiveTeam also uses the hackint IRC network – ircs://irc.hackint.org:6697 (TLS required) – webchat: https://webirc.hackint.org/ – More info
Archive Team News
- July, 2013: Snapjoy died. We grabbed what we could.
- May, 2013: Xanga announces a "rehash" in the form of paid accounts, and a kickstarter.
- April, 2013: Yahoo still hasn't learned its lesson, and closes Upcoming.
- April, 2013: Telinco, Nwnet deletes ALL the things.
- March, 2013: Google decides RSS feeds is for hipsters, closes Reader.
- March, 2013: Formspring catches on fire.
- March, 2013: Yahoo burns the messenger.
- February, 2013: IGN is acquired by Ziff Davis, and announces the closing of 1up, UGO, and Gamespy.
- February, 2013: Posterous announces it's deleting history at the end of April.
- January, 2013: That took long enough! We've turned on new user account creation, with a "are you human" edit checker added.
- August, 2012: It's August Cleanup time! We're shutting off new user accounts while we clean out spam and generally shore up the ol' barge.
- May, 2012: Tabblo announces its closure scheduled for May 30th, giving its userbase just ten days of warning. Archive Team is on the case.
- May, 2012: Archive Team'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: Archive Team rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.
- July 2011: Archive Team teaches you how to rescue data from Floppy Disks.
- May, 2011: Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.
- May, 2011: Archive Team 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: Archive Team is Delicious!
- October, 2010: Archive Team 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
Recently Ended Projects
- Google Reader - Grabbed 46M feeds before it closed July 1, 2013.
- Posterous - Blogging platform acquired by Twitter on March 12, 2012. Closed April 30, 2013.
- MobileMe - Apple's file storage and sharing service, which hosted over 200 terabytes of data, shut down on June 30, 2012.
- Tabblo - A site where users told stories with pictures. Closed May 30, 2012.
- 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 has a copy "just in case".
- Geocities - We archived most of GeoCities mother fuckers!
- FortuneCity - It may be gone but we've still got it