At the GitHub Universe 2019 conference, the developer platform company, now owned by Microsoft, introduced the GitHub Archive Program along with the GitHub Arctic Code Vault, to pursue the mission of preserving
On 2 February 2020 the company acquired a snapshot of all public repositories active on GitHub to store them in the Vault. In recent months, GitHub Piql’s partner has written 21 TB of repository data on 186 piqlFilm coils (a photosensitive digital storage film).
The original plan of GitHub was that the company’s team would fly to Norway and personally escort the open source code to the Arctic, but since the whole world was (and is) facing a global pandemic, the company has been able to make a contribution to the
GitHub has now announced that the code has been deposited correctly in the Arctic Code Vault on July 8, 2020 and shared with users how the journey took place.
The journey of the world community code of open source developers began in the Piql facility in Drammen, Norway, where boxes with 186 film coils were shipped to Oslo airport and then loaded into the cargo hold of the aircraft providing the service
The Svalbards are located about 1,000 km north of the European mainland, and, in the context of the travel rules for the Covid-19, recently opened to visitors from the Schengen area and the European Economic Area.
The codex arrived in Longyearbyen, a small town of a few thousand people in the Svalbard Islands, where the boxes were received by a local logistics company and brought to a safe intermediate storage for the night.
The next morning, the code archive reached the abandoned coal mine located in a mountain, and then in a room located in the heart of hundreds of meters of permafrost, where the open source code coming from millions of developers around the world now