The Github Archive Program is not frozen!
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The Github Archive Program is not frozen!

An archive to preserve data to last at least 1,000 years 🤯

Yesterday, I read a tweet about a developer who had a badge on its Github's profile. Obviously, curiosity kills the cat and I checked my profile and boom! I see this 😮:

screenshot of my badge on my github'profile

Then, I remember that I tweeted about the Github Artic Code Vault which is the core of all this project called Github Archive Program.

To be short, the mission of the project is

...to preserve open source software for future generations by storing your code in an archive built to last a thousand years...

That's it, a time capsule for the code on Github. A modern and high-tech capsule stored in the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a very-long-term archival facility 250 meters deep in the permafrost of an Arctic mountain. This is located in a decommissioned coal mine in the Svalbard archipelago (spoiler, near from Mr. & Mrs. Klaus) 🎅 🤶

One motivation is to learn from past experiences, specifically speaking I refer to the Library of Alexandria. If you do not know about what happened, I recommended you a short lesson (less than 5 minutes) on Youtube made by TED-Ed’s.

artic code vault image of the frozen mountains
Source: https://archiveprogram.github.com/

Github worked on this in conjunction with the Long Now Foundation, the Internet Archive, the Software Heritage Foundation, Arctic World Archive, Microsoft Research, the Bodleian  Library, and Stanford Libraries to ensure the long-term preservation of the world's open source software.

On February 2, 2020, Github took a snapshot of all active public repositories archive in the vault. This is about 21TB of data stored in 186 reels of digital photosensitive archival film 📽️

Is this a big step for humankind? For further information such as the description of the program and an official explanatory video, please go to The GitHub Archive Program & Arctic Code Vault written on... wait for it, on Github 😆

Do you already verify if some of your repositories are in the Github's vault? In fact, if you have active public repositories, and commits between 11/13/2019 and 02/02/2020, and at least 1 star and any commits from the year before the snapshot (02/03/2019 - 02/02/2020), then you have the distinction! If your repository has at least 250 stars is also included.

Well, if you have the badge then enjoy it and share it! Congratulations. Otherwise, don't worry and enjoy this amazing project 👨‍🏫 👩‍🏫

From a geek to geeks


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