GitHub just sealed all of its open source code in an apocalypse-proof vault


It’s so deep that they say he could survive a nuclear blast.


Earlier this month, code management platform GitHub sealed its open source software archive in an arctic vault so deep they say it could survive a nuclear blast.

The slightly eccentric idea behind the movement, Committed reports, is to give a boost to future generations after a hypothetical catastrophe ending civilization. If that happens, whatever civilization emerges from its ashes, it won’t have to start from scratch and could instead tap into the knowledge of modern coders and engineers.

Historic District

It’s been almost a year since GitHub announced plans to store the code in the Arctic World Archive, an abandoned Norwegian coal mine protected by hundreds of meters of permafrost. The cache is stored on a type of microfilm that can be read with a physical magnifier.

Also sealed in the same mine are the Vatican Archives, films and a wide range of other digital archives. And they are in good company: the “Doomsday” Seed Vault is located on the same island of Spitsbergen.

Success unlocked

It is difficult to imagine a societal catastrophe which only cataclysmic enough that a new company’s most pressing need is to recover lost software. But it doesn’t hurt to have a backup copy just in case.

Always like Committed reports, the most obvious benefit for archiving open source software may be for the developers involved: anyone who has contributed to a project that has made its way into the Arctic World Archive can display a small badge next to their username on GitHub.

READ MORE: GitHub has finished depositing its open source codes in the Arctic [Engadget]

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