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GitHub buried 21 TB of data in the Arctic in case of natural disasters or nuclear war (6 photos + video)


Over the years, humanity has accumulated a hugethe amount of knowledge that needs to be stored securely in case of natural disasters or nuclear war. Significant progress in creating "eternal" information storages has been made by the largest hosting service for IT projects GitHub, recently acquired by Microsoft. The storage facility located in the Arctic contains another piece of intellectual heritage in the amount of 21 TB, recorded on 186 piqlFilm film reels from Piql AS from Norway.

For the first time, a storage project capable of withstandingnuclear strikes, or global natural disasters, was announced last year. By the beginning of winter, the head of GitHub personally delivered to the repository tapes with the source codes of Linux and Android operating systems and 6,000 open-source applications. It is symbolic that during the expedition to Svalbard, where the storage was located, the head of the company called the spouse and said that their house in California had been destroyed by a forest fire. At the end of last year, the Vatican archive, a database of real estate in Brazil, a film library with Italian films and a burger recipe from an unknown chef also got into Arctic storage.


Geographically, the GitHub repository is located atfar north, on the island of Svalbard in a spent coal mine. At a depth of about 250 meters, an ordinary metal cabinet is located, in which there will be plastic capsules with microfilm, viewing information from which does not require electricity or servers. You can read data using an ordinary magnifying glass. The film is durable and protected by a special iron oxide coating. In conditions of low humidity, low temperatures and a small amount of oxygen, the film should be preserved for over 1000 years.


This year it was planned to bookmark the storageimplemented in the month of February, but the global coronavirus pandemic changed GitHub's plans, and the replenishment of the millennial database took place on July 8. The repository contains 186 spools of piqlFilm film, which contain 21 TB of data.


The repository also contains a manual,decrypting all information about each of the projects, as well as explaining how you can restore the data. The reels contain the history of technological development, explain the basics of computer science, methods of computation and development of source codes. All projects located in the Arctic GitHub archive are marked on the company's website with the phrase "Arctic Code Vault Contributor".

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