The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, located in the Arctic Circle, has turned partially closed coal mines into storage depots to preserve human civilization, such as the Svalbard Global Seed Bank. In addition to saving objects, it even saves source code such as software. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman entered an abandoned coal mine cave on October 24 and placed a film tray recording GitHub’s open source code on a shelf.
The film is made by the Norwegian company Piql AS, which has an iron oxide powder coating on the surface, which Piql says can be preserved under normal conditions for 750 years and in cold, dry, low-oxygen caves for 2000 years.
GitHub plans to leave 200 film discs, each containing 120GB of open source, the first to store code for Linux, Android, and 6,000 other important open source applications. To avoid a single point of failure, GitHub plans to save open source libraries around the world.