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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

  • Blip.tv: Disney/Maker Studios is killing Blip on August 20, 2015. IRC Channel #blooper.tv.
  • Last.fm: Switching codebases in the first two weeks of April, some user-generated content might be lost. IRC Channel #lastchance.fm.
  • SourceForge: Old, ad supported, adware supported. IRC Channel #coldstorage.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam.
  • Halo: Downloading all the read-only data from Halo. IRC Channel #yolohalo. (Rate-limited, generally has enough volunteers.)
  • Trovebox: Closing March 31, 2015. IRC Channel #treasuretrove.
  • Blogger: Google was to restrict public access to adult blogs, but they backed down. We're backing up Blogger anyway. IRC Channel #frogger. (Content grab coming soon.)

Help us: ☞ Download and run your warrior ☜.
What's on: online tracker.
Combined project activity graphs here.

Manual projects

Upcoming projects

Recently finished


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 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

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
Alvaro Ibanez, rtve.es, 2013-05-27. (Rough translation: Archive Team: superheroes that prevent us from falling into oblivion.)
Sarah Perez, TechCrunch, 2013-04-22
Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post, 2013-03-27
Kris Holt, The Daily Dot, 2013-03-13
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 channel on EFnet.
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