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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!)

  • BT Internet - BT, in conjunction with Yahoo used to offer customers 10Mb of webspace with their accounts. They've now decided due to the small number of users to get rid of this service
    • The Archive Team Warrior is setup for this project
    • Joining the effort without using the Warrior is possible. (Advanced)
  • Webshots - Webshots was a photo sharing service with over 694 million user-uploaded photos, over a span of more than 12 years. All of these photos are currently threatened with deletion by the end of December. Since a majority of users appears not to be active anymore, most of these photos will most likely be lost forever if we don't archive them in time.
    • The Archive Team Warrior is setup for this project
    • Joining the effort without using the Warrior is possible. (Advanced)


Feel free to join us on the IRC channel! We're on the EFnet network in a channel called #archiveteam, where we say truly awful things.


Archive Team News

  • 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.com announces its closure scheduled for May 30th, giving its userbase just ten days of warning. Archive Team is on the case.
  • May, 2012: ArchiveTeam'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: Archiveteam rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.
  • July 2011: Archiveteam teaches you how to rescue data from Floppy Disks.
  • May, 2011: Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.
  • May, 2011: Archiveteam 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: Archiveteam is Delicious!
  • October, 2010: Archiveteam 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

Ended Projects

  • MobileMe - Apple's file storage and sharing service, currently hosting over 200 terabytes of data, shut down on June 30, 2012.
    • Link to Mobile me search here
  • Tabblo - A site where users told stories with pictures. Closed May 30, 2012.
    • Link to search here
  • 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".
    • Link to archive?
  • Geocities - We archived most of geocities mother fuckers!
    • Link to archive....
  • Fortune City - It maybe gone but we've still got it
    • As always the link...

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

Archive Team can always be reached at archiveteam@archiveteam.org
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