GitHub Places Open Source Software Data In The Arctic To Preserve It For 1,000 years

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  • GitHub teamed up with Piql which wrote 21TB of repository data onto 186 reels of piqlFilm
  •  The archive is stored in a decommissioned coal mine in Svalbard, Norway

Last year, GitHub had announced the plan to archive all its open-source software in a vault in the Arctic mountain. It said that it has completed the project and is hopeful that the open-source software will be preserved for over 1,000 years. The archive is stored in a decommissioned coal mine in Svalbard, Norway.

GitHub teamed up with Piql which wrote 21TB of repository data onto 186 reels of piqlFilm. They can be read by the computer and humans.

GitHub’s director for strategic programs Julia Metcalf in a blog post. “Our original plan was for our team to fly to Norway and personally escort the world’s open source code to the Arctic, but as the world continues to endure a global pandemic, we had to adjust our plans. We stayed in close contact with our partners, waiting for the time when it was safe for them to travel to Svalbard. We’re happy to report that the code was successfully deposited in the Arctic Code Vault on July 8, 2020. ”

Developers globally for contributing to the Arctic Code Vault

GitHub has also launched a new initiative to recognise developers globally for contributing to the Arctic Code Vault. GitHub will show an Arctic Code Vault Badge next to their profile on the platform.

Metcalf added, “Every reel of the archive includes a copy of the “Guide to the GitHub Code Vault” in five languages, written with input from GitHub’s community and available at the Archive Program’s own GitHub repository. In addition, the archive will include a separate human-readable reel which documents the technical history and cultural context of the archive’s contents. We call this the Tech Tree.”

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