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GitHub has kept its open source code in the Arctic

Last year, GitHub announced its plan to store all open-source software in Arctic Vault as part of its archiving plan. These codes are now located under permafrost hundreds of meters.

Now, the code hosting platform has been completed to ensure that even if civilization collapses in the next 1,000 years, future generations can access them.

Julia Metcalf, director of strategic planning at GitHub, revealed in a blog post celebrating the success of this business that the code collection of the service was deposited in the vault on July 8, 2020, after the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

GitHub‘s archive partner Piql wrote 21TB of repository data on 186 volumes of piqlFilm, which is a digital photosensitive archive film that can be read by a computer or a person with a magnifying glass.


You know, if humanity suffers from a global power outage. The service originally hoped to complete the task by February, but it had to wait for the Piql team to travel to Svalbard, Norway, which recently reopened its borders. It also had to abandon its plan to send its team to the Arctic.

Now, these collections are located in a room in a decommissioned coal mine, where the permafrost is hundreds of meters below.

To recognize everyone who has contributed to the software stored in the library, GitHub has also introduced a special badge, which is displayed in the important part of the developer profile.

Hover over the badge to see the projects they contributed, which eventually became part of Arctic Vault.

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