GitHub hid its code in the Arctic in case of the end of the world

GitHub hid 21 TB of data in the Arctic permafrost in the case of the end of the world. Project staff are confident that this information will enable future generations to restore some of the technology.

Last year, GitHub already talked about its plans to store all open-source software in the Arctic storage. The platform has now announced that future generations will be able to access them even if the world does end over the next thousand years. GitHub’s strategic program director, Julia Metcalfe, said the service code collection now lies in the Arctic.

To do this, a GitHub partner collaborated with Piql to write 21 TB of repository data onto 186 spools of piqlFilm, a digital photosensitive archive film that can be read by a computer or a person with a magnifying glass. At first, the company wanted to do this in February 2020, but the trip to the Arctic had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The collection was placed inside a chamber of a former coal mine, which is one hundred meters deep in the permafrost. To separately mark those employees who participated in this operation, they provided them with an additional badge in the developer profile.

Piql has included a special guide to the archive that will allow you to locate each project and explain how to recover the data. Each reel includes a copy of the GitHub code repository guide in five different world languages. One reel contains the technical history and cultural value of the content. In addition, the archive contains works that explain in detail the foundations of modern computer science, computing, and open source development. This will allow future generations to understand what the modern world was like, and even recreate computers and technology.