We're here today to announce the formation of an association of individuals, dedicated to the preservation of scene-related software material, primarily through the dumping of physical media and sharing of the contents. As some will know, a small group of us has been doing this for years, even arranging "dumping stations" at events like Solskogen, where people were invited to come share their floppydisks and other ephemera so it can be dumped.
While efforts like this has existed in the game realm for many years, across all platforms and even for arcade machines and the like, to our knowledge noone has made an organized effort to actively form a group to help each other out and make sure things are preserved. The recent events in Belgium were 80 boxes of disks were digitized from an old collection of Amiga disks (and later, C64 disks) are just one event that has spured us on to start getting organized about these things. The two people starting this already has a good amount of hardware and knowhow on securing materials from floppies, cd-roms and harddrives.
So, we're getting organized. We hope to attract more likeminded people, and we have the following plans in the pipeline to get going;
- Setting up a simple website where we can explain what we do, present blogposts on ongoing projects, and where contact can be established with other dumpers and people with collections they would be interested in sharing.
- Setting up a site for sharing the materials - after all, sharing is caring. We're thinking FTP would be a good, open fit for this.
- Start recruiting other people to "join the team", so we have physical presence in several countries and areas
- Organizing more "dumping stations" at other demoparties around the world.
We hope to have more news soon, but no reason not to start talking already. We are available at the Demozoo Slack for now, more news soon.
Menace & Dozer.