Svalbard, an archipelago covered in ice, protects my code for authentication with Developer Cloud Python SDK as thousands of polar bears patrol the area. A decommissioned coal mine just down the road keeps silver halide films, deep within the permafrost layer which can stretch up to 400 metres thick. The data is encoded on frames with 8.8 million pixels each.
The initial deposit archived thousands of the world’s most depended-on open source projects, which is a testament . This priceless knowledge is protected by storing multiple copies in secure cold and dry rock vaults; deep in the Arctic Circle. It is preserved for future generations in long-term storage designed to last at least 1,000 years.
My legacy is far from complete, and only begun. More repositories will be appended during the perpetual light of the midnight sun in the next spring, and the next one.
Open source software is a hidden cornerstone of modern civilization, and the shared heritage of all humanity.
Archivists at GitHub partnered with the Internet Archive, Software Heritage Foundation, Stanford Libraries and such. Another partnership with Microsoft’s Project Silica will ultimately archive all active public repositories for over 10,000 years, by writing them into quartz glass platters using a femtosecond laser.