This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
On July 8, program code sharing site GitHub carried out a process to store all open source code in public repositories underground in the Arctic Circle. This is part of the GitHub Arctic Code Vault project, which aims to store the code that exists today for at least a thousand years. This means that if a catastrophe or war destroys our civilization within the next 1000 years, we should be able to regain access to our current software assets.
The total code stored was approximately 21 TB worth of code in the active public repository as of February 2. This was recorded on all 186 volumes of piqlFilm, a digital photosensitive archive film from project partner Piql. The films were originally scheduled to be housed in February at a storage site in the Arctic Demilitarized Zone, Svalbard Islands, Norway, but this was delayed until this time due to the inability of Piql's team to move due to the new coronavirus.
The vast collection of open source code is currently housed in containers and is in storage in an abandoned coal mine hundreds of meters under the permafrost.
GitHub has also given software contributors stored in the Arctic Code Vault an Arctic Code Vault badge to display it in their profile highlights section. By hovering over the badge, you can see which projects the user has been involved with and which are in the Vault.
The GitHub Arctic Code Vault project plans to periodically store additional archives that serve as a snapshot of that point in time, rather than storing the code once in the basement like a time capsule and not digging it up until 1,000 years later. However, GitHub hasn't given any specifics on the storage cycle.
Incidentally, the abandoned coal mines used in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault are also being used for the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a "Noah's Ark" type project to freeze and store plant seeds from all over the world in preparation for the food crisis.
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