The GitHub Arctic Code Vault is a data repository preserved in the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a very-long-term archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain.
The archive is located in a decommissioned coal mine in the Svalbard archipelago, closer to the North Pole than the Arctic Circle.
On February 2, 2020, GitHub took a snapshot of all active public repositories on GitHub to archive in the vault. Over then GitHub archive partners Piql, wrote 21TB of repository data to 186 reels of piqlFilm (digital photosensitive archival film). GitHub original plan was for their team to fly to Norway and personally escort the world’s open source code to the Arctic, but as the world continues to endure a global pandemic, they had to adjust their plans. GitHub stayed in close contact with their partners, waiting for the time when it was safe for them to travel to Svalbard.
We’re happy to report that thanks to GitHub the code was successfully deposited in the Arctic Code Vault on July 8, 2020.
All the most important repositories are included in the project: