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World's Most Essential Open-Source Code to Be Stored in Arctic Vault

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A Vault in a Disused Mine

The backed-up code will be held inside GitHubs vault in a disused mine.

Credit: Github

GitHub this month plans to add another 100 million folders to its existing cache of the equivalent of 10,000 folders of source code files in Coal Mine 3, a disused facility on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway.

The additions will include open-source code it currently holds that is already backed up on servers around the world. The files will be stored as QR codes on film designed to last 1,000 years under the permafrost of Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

The effort aims to create an opportunity for future generations to study how software development worked in the early 2000s.

From New Scientist
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