I developed an interest in archiving, and writings about it are linked to below. Here's an annotated list of some stuff I've helped to preserve. You could visit this live archive.org query for my uploads which might be more up-to-date than what is below.

Writings, etc.

Pages:

Blog posts:

Annoted list of preservation efforts

Software

Conference proceedings etc.

Shovelware CDs

Doom-specific

Music

Website dumps

Nine Inch Nails stuff

Pre-December 2016 NIN sites including remix.nin.com with a lot of user-made content were made inaccessible with a NIN website refresh. However, the old hosting provider were still serving the content if you talked to the right servers (overrode DNS)

I tried to coordinate the rescue and perform some of the backup operations; most of the eventual work was done by purplesymphony

https://archive.org/details/opensource_audio?and[]=subject%3A%22remix.nin.com%22

"The Phantom Project" doesn't appear to be archived

mediawikis

Dumped via Archive Team's Wiki Team tools.

last dumped March 2018

Amiga

In 2015 I started a project to catalogue and import a box of old, long-thought-to-be-lost Amiga floppy disks that we found in my parent's loft.

An initial sweep over the list reveals that the vast majority are in wide circulation, in either the Software Preservation Society or Amiga Magazine Rack lists.

The scope of my project therefore (probably) reduces to only reading my home-made disks, which is a much smaller number.

I had originally been considering a Kryoflux or the open-source DiscFerret. A commenter on my last post pointed me at an intriguing open source Arduino-powered floppy disk reader/writer that was worth exploring. Last year I also learned about the ARMIGA Project, who produce an all-in-one ARM-powered Amiga emulator with custom floppy controller software. This has a strong appeal for me because it would be a plug-it-and-image system, and I'm strapped for time at the moment, so learning Arduino and porting a project from Windows feels daunting.

However for a much smaller quantity of disks, a simpler and cheaper solution might be a"Gotek" USB/Floppy adaptor installed into my actual Amiga in place of the internal floppy drive, which appears to have failed. I have an external floppy drive which might still be working; if so,I could use the Amiga and this drive to image the disks using Amiga disk cloning software, onto a USB drive via the Gotek.

The other advantage of this approach would be my Amiga would be revived! I have no long-term plans to keep it, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it actually, but the Gotek might make it more useful to someone else. I fear the hardware will need some more specialist attention too (checking and replacing capacitors, etc.)

What to do with all the commercial disks, though; are they of interest to archivists for provenance purposes?

There's still a fair bit more data-crunching for me to do on my catalogue before I'm sure of the size of the job.

Computing History at Newcastle

At some point whilst working at cs.ncl.ac.uk I started a "Historic Computing Special Interest Group" with various topic strands. In 2016 this largely metamorphosed into "Historic Computing at Newcastle", not scoped to just the School of Computing, and largely focussed on the large collection of historic hardware amassed by the late Roger Broughton. In 2018 I became Chair of the Historic Computing Committee.

We try to document the group's goals and progress towards them on the Historic Computing at Newcastle Blog. We also preserve Roger Broughton's Virtual Museum of Computing Artefacts in their own right.


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