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===Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!) ===
===Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!) ===
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*'''[[Xanga]]''': Closing July 15. IRC Channel #jenga
*'''[[Gamespy, 1up, UGO, IGN]]''': Shutdown date unknown, announced Feb 21, 2013. IRC Channel #ispygames
*'''[[Formspring]]''': Supposed to have shut down April 15. IRC Channel #firespring
Feel free to join us on the [[IRC_Channel|IRC channel]]! We're on the EFnet network in a channel called '''#archiveteam''', where we say truly awful things.
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===Archive Team News ===
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* '''May, 2013''': Xanga announces a "rehash" in the form of paid accounts, and a kickstarter.
* '''April, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Yahoo_Upcoming <span style="color:#000075">Yahoo still hasn't learned its lesson, and closes Upcoming.</span>]
* '''April, 2013''': [http://archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Nwnyet <span style="color:#000075">Telinco, Nwnet deletes ALL the things.</span>]
* '''March, 2013''': [http://archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Google_Reader <span style:"color:#000075">Google decides RSS feeds is for hipsters, closes Reader.</span>]
* '''March, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Formspring <span style="color:#000075">Formspring catches on fire.</span>]
* '''March, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Yahoo!_Messages <span style="color:#000075">Yahoo burns the messenger.</span>]
* '''February, 2013''': [http://archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Gamespy,_1up,_UGO,_IGN <span style="color:#000075">IGN is acquired by Ziff Davis, and announces the closing of 1up, UGO, and Gamespy.</span>]
* '''February, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Posterous <span style="color:#000075">Posterous announces it's deleting history at the end of April.</span>]
* '''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''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Tabblo <span style="color:#000075">Tabblo announces its closure scheduled for May 30th, giving its userbase just ten days of warning. Archive Team is on the case.</span>]
* '''May, 2012''': Archive Team's save of [http://web.archive.org/web/20080607211809/http://crave.cnet.co.uk/0,39029477,49296926-10,00.htm Stage6], a defunct video sharing site run by DivX, Inc. is permanently preserved at the [http://archive.org/details/stage6 Internet Archive].
* '''April, 2012''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Friendster <span style="color:#000075">20 million Friendster accounts spanning 14 terabytes are successfully rescued for permanent storage by Archive Team.</span>] 
* '''March, 2012''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=FortuneCity <span style="color:#000075">FortuneCity announced the end of its free-hosting model, threatening around one million user-generated websites.</span>]
* '''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: [http://www.poe-news.com/forums/sp.php?pi=1002546492 Announcement]
* '''December, 2011''': GamePro magazine halts publication and their website goes dark.
* '''November, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Splinder <span style="color:#000000">Archive Team rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.</span>]
* '''July 2011''': Archive Team teaches you how to [[Rescuing_Floppy_Disks|rescue data from Floppy Disks]].
* '''May, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Friendster <span style="color:#000075">Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.</span>]
* '''May, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=poetry.com <span style="color:#000075">Archive Team keeps it classy at poetry.com.</span>]
* '''April, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Google_Video <span style="color:#000075">How about some Google Video?</span>]
* '''March, 2011''': [http://www.archive.org/details/personalarchiveconf <span style="color:#000075">The 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Conference talks are available.</span>]
* '''February, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Yahoo!_Video <span style="color:#000075">Let's watch some Yahoo! Video</span>]
* '''December, 2010''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Delicious <span style="color:#000075">Archive Team is Delicious!</span>]
* '''October, 2010''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Geocities <span style="color:#000075">Archive Team offers Geocities as a torrent.</span>]
* '''December 23, 2009''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=starwars.yahoo.com <span style="color:#000075">Yahoo shut down starwars.yahoo.com. We got a copy.</span>]
* '''October, 2009''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Geocities <span style="color:#000075">Geocities closing is definitely the top of the charts.</span>]
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* [[Philosophy]] describes the ideas underpinning our work.
* [[Philosophy]] describes the ideas underpinning our work.
* [[Archives]]
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=== Recently Ended Projects ===
=== In The Media ===
* '''[[Google Reader]]''': Grabbed 46M feeds before it closed July 1, 2013.
{{:Main Page/In The Media}}
** [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam_greader Archives]
* '''[[Posterous]]''' - Blogging platform acquired by Twitter on March 12, 2012.  Closed April 30, 2013.
** [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam_posterous Full archives]
* '''[[MobileMe]]''' - Apple's file storage and sharing service, currently hosting over 200 terabytes of data, shut down on June 30, 2012.
** [http://ia700403.us.archive.org/30/items/archiveteam-mobileme-index/mobileme-20120817.html Username search], [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-mobileme-hero full archives]
* '''[[Tabblo]]''' - A site where users told stories with pictures. Closed May 30, 2012.
** [http://ia601202.us.archive.org/3/items/test-memac-index-test/tabblo.html Username search], [http://archive.org/details/tabblo-archive full archives]
* '''[[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".
** [http://archive.org/details/fanfic_download_2012_01 Archive]
* '''[[Geocities]]''' - We archived most of GeoCities mother fuckers!
** [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-geocities Full archives]
* '''[[FortuneCity]]''' - It may be gone but we've still got it
** [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-fortunecity-list List of files], [http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-fortunecity full archives]
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'''Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at [http://www.archive.org ARCHIVE.ORG]'''
'''Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at [http://www.archive.org ARCHIVE.ORG]'''
'''Archive Team can always be reached at [mailto:archiveteam@archiveteam.org archiveteam@archiveteam.org]'''
'''Archive Team can always be reached by e-mail at [mailto:archiveteam@archiveteam.org archiveteam@archiveteam.org] or by [[IRC]] at the {{IRC|archiveteam}} channel on EFnet.'''

Latest revision as of 19:29, 28 June 2015



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

Current Running Warrior Project: URLTeam 2
  • NewsGrabber: Saving all news articles. Help with server power or by finding more newssites. IRC Channel #newsgrabber.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam.
  • WikiTeam (WARC format): Saving wikis and their external links for the Wayback Machine. IRC Channel #wikiteam.

Scripts only

Manual projects

Upcoming projects

Proposed projects

  • Storify: Now this is the story all about how Storify wants us to take a minute to preserve their content before they pack their suitcase on May 16, 2018. IRC Channel #horrify.
  • NeoGAF: Currently undergoing reddit-like riots due to a sexual harassment scandal involving the site owner. IRC Channel #neogaffe.
  • The Escapist: Staff activity dwindling due to layoffs, remaining supporters are doing it for free. IRC Channel TBD.
  • DeviantART: Being bought by Wix, users may be unhappy with "access to that work to use in their own site building" on Wix. IRC Channel #devianttart.
  • LiveJournal: Very old, widely regarded as in decline, and has a lot of important stuff buried in it. IRC Channel #recordedjournal.
  • DevPort: This portfolio SaaS provider has reportedly been having infrastructure issues, and removed their social media accounts. Possible impending shutdown.
  • Tumblr: Yahoo! considered killing it, now Yahoo has been acquired. IRC Channel #stumblr.
  • Ownlog: Ownlog is losing popularity and support from its owners. IRC Channel #pwnlog.
  • Google Groups: "Gone within a year" (SketchCow, 2016-06-07).
  • The Pirate Bay: Recently came back up, grabbing an archive for sanity's sake. IRC Channel #yarharfiddlededee.

Recently finished

Hiatus / Missed the Mark

  • yuku: Lately yuku is very unstable and hosting thousands of forums. Project currently paused. IRC Channel #archiveteam.
  • Flickr: Yahoo! decided to kill it, now Yahoo has been acquired. IRC Channel #flickrfckr.

ArchiveTeam uses the EFnet IRC network – irc://irc.efnet.org – webchat: http://chat.efnet.org:9090More info


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

In The Media

Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2018-01-04
Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2017-09-07
Dani Deahl, The Verge, 2017-07-17
Felix Knoke, Engadget DE, 2017-02-17
Bregtje van der Haak, VPRO Backlight, 2014-09-11
(Also available at the Internet Archive)
Jasper Bakker, Webwereld, 2013-11-29
Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, 2013-10-21
Ernesto, TorrentFreak, 2013-10-20
Hieronim Walicki, CHIP.pl, 2013-06-18
Trevor Owens, The Signal, Library of Congress, 2013-06-11

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

Archive Team can always be reached by e-mail at archiveteam@archiveteam.org or by IRC at the #archiveteam channel on EFnet.