Archive Team

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The Archive Team is a group dedicated to digital preservation and web archiving that was co-founded by Jason Scott in 2009.[1][2]

Its primary focus is the copying and preservation of content housed by at-risk online services. Some of its projects include the partial preservation of GeoCities,[3][4] Yahoo! Video, Google Video, Splinder, Friendster, FortuneCity,[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][excessive citations] TwitPic,[13] SoundCloud,[14] and the "Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator".[15] Archive Team also archives URL shortener services[16] and wikis[17] on a regular basis.

According to Jason Scott, "Archive Team was started out of anger and a feeling of powerlessness, this feeling that we were letting companies decide for us what was going to survive and what was going to die."[18] Scott continues, "it's not our job to figure out what's valuable, to figure out what's meaningful. We work by three virtues: rage, paranoia and kleptomania."[19]

Warrior/Tracker system[edit]

Archive Team is composed of a loose community of independent contributors/users.[citation needed] Their archival process makes use of a "Warrior", a virtual machine environment. Individuals use the Warrior in their desktop environments use to download content without requiring technical expertise. Tasks are allocated by a centrally-managed Tracker that networks with and allocates items to Warriors. The tracker also monitors user upload activity and displays a leader board.[20]

Projects[edit]

Archiving Google+ has been the biggest project of ArchiveTeam as of May 2019 with over 1.56 Petabytes saved.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Jason (January 6, 2009). "Team Archive is GO". ASCII by Jason Scott. Archived from the original on 2016-11-02. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Revision history of "Main Page"". Archive Team. Archived from the original on 2016-12-31. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Gilbertson, Scott (2010-11-01). "Geocities Lives On as Massive Torrent Download". Wired. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25.
  4. ^ Modine, Austin (2009-04-28). "Web 0.2 archivists save Geocities from deletion". The Register. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Mark (2012-04-13). "The 'Archive Team' Rescues User Content From Doomed Sites". PC World. Archived from the original on 2012-04-20.
  6. ^ Schwartz, Matt (January 2012). "Fire in the Library". Technology Review. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24.
  7. ^ Garfield, Bob; Scott, Jason (2012-03-23). "The Archive Team". OnTheMedia. Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  8. ^ Masnick, Mike (2012-04-12). "Historic Archive Of Websites From The January 18th SOPA Blackout". Techdirt. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15.
  9. ^ Scott, Jason (2012-03-06). "Click: The Archive Team - Jason Scott talks about his mission to salvage our digital heritage". BBC. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03.
  10. ^ Morton, Simon; Scott, Jason (2012-03-03). "The Archive Team". RadioNZ. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21.
  11. ^ Misener, Dan (2011-04-29). "Full Interview: Jason Scott on online video and digital heritage". CBC. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26.
  12. ^ Paul-Choudhury, Sumit (May 6, 2011). "Amateur heroes of online heritage". New Scientist. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "TwitPic - Archiveteam". Archived from the original on 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  14. ^ "Archive Team promises to back up SoundCloud amid worries of a shutdown". 2017-07-18. Archived from the original on 2018-10-21. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  15. ^ "Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator sets public domain academic articles free". 2013-01-15. Archived from the original on 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  16. ^ "url shortening was a fucking awful idea". URLTE.AM. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11.
  17. ^ WikiTeam Archived 2016-02-10 at the Wayback Machine - We archive wikis, from Wikipedia to tiniest wikis
  18. ^ "Open Source Bridge 2012 Keynote - Jason Scott". Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  19. ^ "Open Source Bridge 2012 Keynote - Jason Scott". Archived from the original on 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  20. ^ Ogden, Jessica (October 21, 2021). ""Everything on the internet can be saved": Archive Team, Tumblr and the cultural significance of web archiving". Internet Histories: 1–20. doi:10.1080/24701475.2021.1985835.
  21. ^ "Google+". Archive Team. Retrieved 15 October 2020.

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