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''And we've been trashing our history''
 
''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'''.
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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, [[In_The_Media|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.
 
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.
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===Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!) ===
 
===Currently Active Projects (Get Involved Here!) ===
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* '''[[Posterous]]''' - [http://www.posterous.com Posterous], a blogging service acquired by [[Twitter]] is shutting down on April 30th, 2013.
 
 
Feel free to join us on the [[IRC_Channel|IRC channel]]! We're on the EFnet network in a channel called '''#archiveteam''', where we say truly awful things.
 
 
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===Archive Team News===
 
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* '''March, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Yahoo!_Messages <span style="color:#000075">Yahoo burns the messenger.</span>]
 
* '''February, 2013''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Posterous <span style="color:#000075">Posterous announces it's deleting history at the end of April.</span>]
 
* '''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''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Tabblo <span style="color:#000075">Tabblo announces its closure scheduled for May 30th, giving its userbase just ten days of warning. Archive Team is on the case.</span>]
 
* '''May, 2012''': Archive Team's save of [http://web.archive.org/web/20080607211809/http://crave.cnet.co.uk/0,39029477,49296926-10,00.htm Stage6], a defunct video sharing site run by DivX, Inc. is permanently preserved at the [http://archive.org/details/stage6 Internet Archive].
 
* '''April, 2012''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Friendster <span style="color:#000075">20 million Friendster accounts spanning 14 terabytes are successfully rescued for permanent storage by Archive Team.</span>] 
 
* '''March, 2012''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=FortuneCity <span style="color:#000075">FortuneCity announced the end of its free-hosting model, threatening around one million user-generated websites.</span>]
 
* '''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: [http://www.poe-news.com/forums/sp.php?pi=1002546492 Announcement]
 
* '''December, 2011''': GamePro magazine halts publication and their website goes dark.
 
* '''November, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Splinder <span style="color:#000000">Archive Team rescues over 1.3 million users' data from Splinder's closure.</span>]
 
* '''July 2011''': Archive Team teaches you how to [[Rescuing_Floppy_Disks|rescue data from Floppy Disks]].
 
* '''May, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Friendster <span style="color:#000075">Friendster is deleting everything at the end of the month.</span>]
 
* '''May, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=poetry.com <span style="color:#000075">Archive Team keeps it classy at poetry.com.</span>]
 
* '''April, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Google_Video <span style="color:#000075">How about some Google Video?</span>]
 
* '''March, 2011''': [http://www.archive.org/details/personalarchiveconf <span style="color:#000075">The 2011 Personal Digital Archiving Conference talks are available.</span>]
 
* '''February, 2011''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Yahoo!_Video <span style="color:#000075">Let's watch some Yahoo! Video</span>]
 
* '''December, 2010''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Delicious <span style="color:#000075">Archiveteam is Delicious!</span>]
 
* '''October, 2010''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Geocities <span style="color:#000075">Archive Team offers Geocities as a torrent.</span>]
 
* '''December 23, 2009''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=starwars.yahoo.com <span style="color:#000075">Yahoo shut down starwars.yahoo.com. We got a copy.</span>]
 
* '''October, 2009''': [http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Geocities <span style="color:#000075">Geocities closing is definitely the top of the charts.</span>]
 
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* [[Philosophy]] describes the ideas underpinning our work.
 
* [[Philosophy]] describes the ideas underpinning our work.
  
* [[Archives]]
 
 
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* [[Software]] will assist you in regaining control of your data by providing tools for information backup, archiving and distribution.  
 
* [[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.
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* [[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.
 
* [[Storage Media]] is about where to get it, what to get, and how to use it.
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=== Ended Projects ===
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=== In The Media ===
* '''[[MobileMe]]''' - Apple's file storage and sharing service, currently hosting over 200 terabytes of data, shut down on June 30, 2012.
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** 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...
 
 
 
[[:Category:Rescued Sites| More]]
 
 
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'''Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at [http://www.archive.org ARCHIVE.ORG]'''
 
'''Archive Team is in no way affiliated with the fine folks at [http://www.archive.org ARCHIVE.ORG]'''
'''Archive Team can always be reached at [mailto:archiveteam@archiveteam.org archiveteam@archiveteam.org]'''
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'''Archive Team can always be reached by e-mail at [mailto:archiveteam@archiveteam.org archiveteam@archiveteam.org] or by [[IRC]] at the {{IRC|archiveteam}} channel on EFnet.'''

Revision as of 02:48, 27 June 2019

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
  • URLTeam: URL shorteners were a fucking awful idea. IRC Channel #urlteam (on hackint).

There will be fewer Warrior projects than usual due to the virtual appliance being unable to run many newer projects that utilize wget-at. It will take a little bit of time before an updated version is available that can run it.

Scripts only

Manual projects

  • 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak: Documenting and preserving data, events, and impacts of the virus on society. IRC Channel #coronarchive (on hackint)
  • ArchiveBot: For those with lots of disk space, bandwidth and long-term commitment. IRC Channel #archivebot (on hackint).
  • 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 hackint).
  • MP3.com: Digging through the WayBack Machine's archives to build a database of all the DAM CDs made available through the site.

Upcoming & proposed projects

  • Halo: Back to finishing off unfinished business before Bungie kills the original website on February 9, 2021. IRC Channel #yolohalo (on hackint).
  • Webs: Vistaprint is killing off the Freewebs you knew from the 2000s on March 31, 2021, unless you pay up. IRC Channel #webbed (on hackint).
  • Periscope: Another Twitter acquisition, another shutdown. This time, its live-streamer gets to join Vine in the bin at the end of March. IRC Channel #microscope (on hackint).
  • Google Poly: A 3D art repository that Google will send to the trash compactors on June 30, 2021. New uploads cease April 30. IRC Channel #polygone (on hackint).
  • Chrome Web Store: Google has announced a timeline of policy changes that will lead to content being removed between December 1, 2020 and June 2022. IRC Channel #chromeweblore (on hackint).
  • Kinja: Deleting all user pages, maybe? IRC Channel #gokinjagokinjago (on hackint).
  • Twitter: Deleting inactive accounts 2019-12-11 sometime. IRC Channel #twitterdead (on EFnet).
  • Imgur: Image hoster decided that using it for hosting images is not permitted. IRC Channel #imgone (on EFnet).
  • JamiiForums: the Tanzanian government would like this gone. IRC Channel #jammedforums (on EFnet).
  • LiveJournal: Very old, widely regarded as in decline, and has a lot of important stuff buried in it. IRC Channel #recordedjournal (on EFnet).
  • Ownlog: Ownlog is losing popularity and support from its owners. IRC Channel #pwnlog (on EFnet).
  • The Pirate Bay: Recently came back up, grabbing an archive for sanity's sake. IRC Channel #yarharfiddlededee (on EFnet).
  • Valhalla: Where to store what even the Internet Archive doesn't have space for? IRC Channel #huntinggrounds (on EFnet).
  • Giphy: Bought by Facebook, to be "integrated" (assimilated) into Instagram https://news.knowyourmeme.com/news/facebook-to-buy-giphy

Recently finished projects

  • SmackJeeves: Webcomics host being tossed into the incinerator on 2020-12-31. IRC Channel #archiveteam-bs (on hackint).
  • Voat: A reddit competitor from the Ellen Pao days gives its users a Christmas present: it's fucking dead! IRC Channel #scrapevoat (on hackint).

Hiatus / Missed the Mark

ArchiveTeam primarily uses the hackint IRC network – ircs://irc.hackint.org:6697 (TLS required) – webchat: https://webirc.hackint.org/More info ArchiveTeam also has some channels left on 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

Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed News, 2019-12-28
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
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.