25 years of DPReview content to be archived
DPReview has released an update about its future, confirming that the 25 years of content on the site will remain as an archive following its official closure which is set to occur today.
In March it was announced the popular photo review and tech website was to close after 25 years in operation following a decision by parent company Amazon inc to rationalise its holdings. The tech and retail giant has been affected by a downturn in the tech industry and announced plans to lay off 9,000 staff in March, including the team behind DPReview.
However, in the face of steep criticism of the move, Scott Everett, General Manager of DPReview confirmed in a short statement that the content on the site is set to be preserved.
"We’ve received a lot of questions about what's next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive," Everett said in the statement.
In addition, Everett confirmed that while the archiving process is underway, the site will continue to produce new content.
In other news, a petition on Change.org demanding Amazon stop the closure of the website has reached nearly 6,500 signatures, and gained the support of DPReview founder Phil Askey, who sold the site to Amazon in 2007.
You can see the full statement from the DPReview website below.
We’ve received a lot of questions about what's next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive.
We’ve also heard that you need more time to access the site, so we’re going to keep publishing some more stories while we work on archiving.
Thank you to this community and the support you’ve shown us over the years.
General Manager - DPReview.com