GitHub proposed a plan back in 2019 about storing the open-source codes of all their software in Arctic vaults.
It was part of their in-depth archive program. The aim behind proposing this idea is to ensure that future generations can easily access the world of software codes.
This idea came to existence with the expectation to keep the codes accessible for future generations even if the entire civilization collapses in 1000 years, then the codes can survive any apocalypse that may occur.
After the success of this undertaking, Julia Metcalf, GitHub’s Director for Strategic Programs, reveals they stored the collection of the open-source codes in the Arctic vault on 8th July 2020. It got delayed due to the pandemic as they had plans to commence this deposit a bit earlier.
21 TB of data sits safely under permafrost
The archive partner of GitHub, Piql, embeds data of 21 TB repositories to 186 reels of film. This piqlFilm is a digital photosensitive attribute that computers can easily scan and read.
A human can also gain access to these codes on the film using a magnifying glass. This plan forecasts the future global power outage possibility for humans.
GitHub planned the task to complete by February, but the borders were probably under shutdown for the COVID Pandemic. As a result, it was problematic for the Piql team to come over and do the needful at Svalbard.
They store the entire code collection now in the vault or chamber that remains under the permafrost. In fact, many individuals have shared a collective contribution to this idea. In response, GitHub is proposing to release a special badge for all those contributors for the collection that is now safe in the Arctic vault.
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