PastPages

Welcome to PastPages, an open-source effort to archive digital news.

The group is organized by Ben Welsh, a journalist and computer programmer based in Los Angeles. Its work includes:

The News Homepage Archive, a collection of 3.5 million screenshots preserved from 2012 to 2018. It is currently being moved to a permanent collection at the Internet Archive. Collection has ceased but the database remains searchable on this site.

Save My News, a personalized clipping service that empowers journalists to preserve their work in multiple Internet archives. Hundreds of journalists have used it to save thousands of stories.

• A series of open-source archiving tools supported by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. They include Storytracker, Memento for Wordpress, Memento for Django and django-urlarchivefield.

• Python APIs that allow programmers to more easily archive sites at the Internet Archive, archiveis and WebCite.

PastPages' work has inspired a successful Kickstarter campaign, won an innovation award from the Library of Congress and earned praise from Nieman Journalism Lab, The Wall Street Journal, Journalism.co.uk, The Poynter Institute, L'Obs and GOOD.