Jason Scott is a historian, filmmaker, and public speaker who has spent decades collecting all manner of computer lore, stories, artifacts and knowledge. Through his site TEXTFILES.COM, he has provided gigabytes of BBS-era textfiles and web-era graphics and cd-rom data for over 12 years, and is now working with the Internet Archive (archive.org) as a “free-range archivist” to bring in even more historical data for preservation and online access.
In 2009, he founded the ARCHIVE TEAM, a rogue band of activist archivers downloading at-risk and closing websites of their user data to ensure the work of millions are not lost with the push of a pen on a spreadsheet. A wiki of projects and knowledge is at www.archiveteam.org.
As a documentary filmmaker, he has created two multi-episode series, BBS: The Documentary, and GET LAMP (about Text Adventures). He is currently in production on four more documentaries.