Monday, December 26, 2011

Preservation ...

... Fire in the Library - Technology Review.

[Jason] Scott is the top-hat-wearing impresario of the Archive Team, a loosely organized band of digital raiders who leap aboard failing websites just as they are about to go under and salvage whatever they can. After word of what was about to happen at reached the Archive Team, 25 volunteer members of the group logged in to Internet Relay Chat to plan a rescue. "We were like, well, screw that!" Scott recalls. When sites host users' content only to later abruptly close shop, he says, "it's like going into the library business and deciding, 'This is not working for us anymore,' and burning down the library."

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