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.
- Borg, confidence in backups, GtkPod and software preservation
- Newcastle University Historic Computing
- Imaging DVD-Rs, Step 2: Initial Import
- Software for a service like archive.org
- Imaging DVD-Rs: Overview and Step 1
- Jason Scott Talks His Way Out Of It
- Announcing BadISO
- archive.org is not backup
- HD audio and more archiving
- Linux Format LinuxWorld sampler 2005
- UKUUG Linux Conference 2005 Proceedings needs item image
- UKUUG Conference 2006 Proceedings needs item image
- LinuxConf Europe 2007 needs item image
- D!Zone Gold
- 3D Game Alchemy
- The Ultimate Add On Collection for Doom and Doom II
- D! 1000 needs ddrescue log needs better disc pic
- Nine Inch Nails: The Slip 24/96
- Nine Inch Nails: The Slip 24/48
- NINJA Tour Sampler
- Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I-IV (24/48)
- Instagr/am/bient (HD images)
- Music for our Future
- The Phantom Project I-IV
To check and upload: NARC 1, 2 &3 ; the roleplay music sampler CD
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
Dumped via Archive Team's Wiki Team tools.
last dumped August 2020
- Wiki - Chocolate Doom (2020)
- Wiki - the nine inch nails wiki
- Wiki - DoomWiki.org (2020)
Just starting to check this. LJ finally closed its doors in 2019. archive.org have a collection: https://archive.org/details/linuxjournalmagazine# but we aren't sure whether it's epub and PDF full-texts are comprehensive. There's a private repository here: https://linuxjournal.rocks/issue-archive;
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.
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.
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.