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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

  • TwitPic: allegedly acquired and possibly to be rearranged by Twitter. We're saving it in its current state. IRC Channel #quitpic.
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam.
  • Halo: Downloading all the read-only data from Halo. IRC Channel #yolohalo.
  • Microsoft Clip Art: Microsoft is phasing out its clip art collection. IRC channel #clipfart.
  • Ovi Store: Going away in the first half of 2015. Downloading all the things! IRC Channel #downlovi.
  • Blogger: Will be restricting public access to blogs that are "sexually explicit" on March 23, 2015. We're downloading everything. IRC Channel #frogger.

Help us: ☞ Download and run your warrior ☜. What's on: online tracker.

Manual projects

  • AOL: Climbing into the decaying walled garden. IRC Channel #aohell.
  • ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space, bandwidth and long-term commitment. IRC Channel #archivebot.
  • Audit 2014: It's time to verify our shit. IRC Channel #auditteam.
  • FTP: Download all the FTP sites! IRC Channel #effteepee.
  • ISP Hosting: Finding ISP web hosting services before the Grim Reaper finds them. IRC Channel #webroasting.
  • WikiTeam: permanent effort, everyone can help (you choose the size of your downloads). IRC Channel #wikiteam.
  • INTERNETARCHIVE.BAK: How do we archive an archive? IRC Channel #internetarchive.bak.

Upcoming projects

  • RapidShare: Shutting down on March 31, 2015. IRC Channel #rapidscare.
  • RadioShack: RadioShack is going bankrupt. IRC Channel #unshackled.
  • Google Business Sitebuilder: Getting replaced by Google My Business on March 15, 2015. IRC Channel #sitebreaker.
  • Trovebox: Closing March 15, 2015. IRC Channel #treasuretrove.
  • Music Unlimited: Getting phased out by Sony on March 29, 2015. IRC Channel #limitedmusic.
  • Google Helpouts: Didn't get enough help. Shutting down on April 20, 2015. IRC Channel #helpus.
  • Google Questions and Answers: Read-only, getting deleted on April 30, 2015. IRC Channel #bonanza.
  • Club Nintendo: Ran out of lives. Game over for North America on July 30, 2015, September 30, 2015 for Europe and Japan. IRC Channel #clubnintendont.
  • Panoramio: Google is migrating photos only (no metadata!) to Maps. IRC Channel #paranormio.
  • exfm: Grabbing everything from IRC Channel #exexfm.
  • Orkut: Orkut got kut on September 30, 2014. It lives on as a public archive. IRC Channel #throatkut.
  • SourceForge: Old, ad supported, adware supported. IRC Channel #sourceforget.
  • The Pirate Bay: Recently came back up, grabbing an archive for sanity's sake. IRC Channel #yarharfiddlededee.
  • Picasa Web Albums: Main page redirecting to Google Plus, future uncertain. IRC Channel #picasso.
  • Madden GIFERATOR: Grabbing Madden GIFERATOR from the clutches of EA. IRC Channel #jiferator.
  • Ownlog: Ownlog is losing popularity and support from its owners. IRC Channel #pwnlog.

Recently finished

  • TestFlight: Apple is crashing TestFlight on February 26, 2015. IRC Channel #crashed.
  • Cobook: Acquired and being absorbed into FullContact. IRC Channel #cookbook.
  • Internet Centrum: Getting terminated on February 28, 2015. IRC Channel #internetcentury.

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Archive Team News


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


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