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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

Current Running Warrior Project: URLTeam 2

Scripts only

  • NewsGrabber: Saving all news articles. Help with server power or by finding more news sites. IRC Channel #newsgrabber (on EFnet).

Manual projects

  • Yahoogroups-joiner Filling out captchas to archive Yahoo Groups. IRC Channel #yahoosucks (on EFnet).
  • 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.

Active Projects Not Yet Ingesting

  • Reddit: Banning communities that generate bad PR for Reddit Inc. IRC Channel #shreddit (on EFnet).

Proposed projects

Recently finished projects

Hiatus / Missed the Mark

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

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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 familiarize 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

Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, 2019-12-11
Daniel AJ Sokolov, heise online, 2019-12-11
Ryan Whitwam, ExtremeTech, 2019-12-10
Harrison Weber, Fast Company, 2019-12-10
Karl Bode, Motherboard, 2019-12-09
Neda Ulaby, NPR All Things Considered, 2019-12-09
Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 2019-12-09
Aaron Mak, Slate Magazine, 2019-12-09
Carly Page, The INQUIRER, 2019-12-09
Liam Tung, ZDNet, 2019-12-09
More...

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 (on EFnet) channel on EFnet.