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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.

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.

Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!)

  • Splinder - An Italian blog/media site with over 1.3 million users, closing on Jan 31, 2012.
    • A distributed tracker and very easy-to-use scripts are in place.
    • Most of the profiles are now rescued, with some difficult (large) ones remaining.
    • Anyone with Splinder profiles should rsync them immediately! Contact SketchCow for a slot.
  • MobileMe - Apple's file storage and sharing service, currently hosting over 200 terabytes of data, is shutting down on June 30, 2012.
    • A distributed tracker and very easy-to-use scripts are in place.
    • It has been reported that Mobileme is going somewhat slowly. At the time of writing, an estimated 2% of the site is rescued.
  • 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 wants a copy for posterity.
    • Coders are currently needed to figure out an intelligent way to comprehensively archive the site.

Archive Team News

  • 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
  • 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 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

Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at ARCHIVE.ORG Archive Team can always be reached at