Preserving individuals' on-line efforts at capturing bits of computer history

There are many excellent individually maintained websites that give bits of computer history, for instance,

I know nothing about what provisions these (and other such websites that I admire) have for life after their current maintainers cease to have the capability to maintain them. I fear that such websites will cease to exist. What might be done is discussed below. (Or maybe others are already working on this.) Such websites may be captured on the Wayback Machine ( or something like it (but what confidence can we have that such systems will continue to exist, and how easy will it be to find the "lost" websites). I think there are three inter-related things that might be done to increase the probability that such historical archives are preserved.

  1. Somehow find a way to encourage the current maintainers of such websites to appoint "literary heirs" who know where to find all the website files, can at least preserve the files and pass the files when necessary to a subsequent literary heir, and can offer the files to one of the many professional archives of computer history information.
  2. Create a public index of such websites including the topic of the website, the website's URL (which will help with access on the Wayback Machine), contact information for the current maintainer, contact information for the literary heir (if one exists), and any mirror websites (see next point).
  3. Encourage some stable archival entity interested in computer history (e.g., CBI or the Computer Museum) to offer to the current maintainers to setup mirror websites now.

Of course it may be difficult to find a conventional archival entity willing to provide the mirror service mentioned in point 3 above. Such institutions tend to be worried about copyright issues. But maybe some those issues could be worked out on a case by case basis. Alternatively, maybe some institution (or someone) can be found who will at least offer non-public mirrors of such websites such that the information is available in the "archive stacks" for future historians who know to look there.