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A software archive was buried deep in the Arctic


A software archive was buried deep in the Arctic

The project was planned to be implemented earlier, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the authors of the project had to postpone its fulfilment. Finally, an archive with snapshots of all active public repositories on GitHub, taken on 02.02.2020, was put to a data repository at the Arctic World Archive (AWA), located in a decommissioned coal mine in the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen.

The repository is a very-long-term archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain. It was created to preserve seeds in case of a global disaster. But the developers of open source applications decided to join the initiative. In the case of global catastrophe, supply of seeds will help to restore the diversity of plant species, while the largest software archive will help to restore the data in case the Global Network is destroyed.

The archive is recorded on a special piqIDilm tape and takes 18 coils that have 1000 years of storage time. It is assumed that the data can be stored without any loss during this period. It is not known yet whether this software repository is planned to be updated. This Microsoft, which has owned GitHub since 2018.

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