GitHub’s Apocalyptic World Code Repository – In case the world is about to end !!!
What happens in case the world enters into one more world war or may be a nuclear war ?? Or may be a apocalyptic scenario where everything is destroyed ? How can humanity get back on track ?
The answer is yes, for some cases we have created a backup for essentials necessities like “World Seed Repository” & “World Gene bank”. This places do exist some where in northern artic region.
But , have you ever thought what would happen to software industry ? If all the data centers are destroyed all the years of hard work will be lost.
Fear not, GitHub has already thought about it .GitHub is starting a “World Code Repository” or something they called “Arctic World Archive”.
The GitHub Arctic Code Vault is a data repository preserved in theGitHub says about the repository
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. GitHub will capture a
snapshot of every active public repository on 02/02/2020 and preserve
that data in the Arctic Code Vault.
As per GitHub, they have accumulated a team of experts from various Domain Like History , Archaelogy and internet Archive . To ensure that the method they use to store data is future proof.
GitHub will store all the Repository either dormant or active in the Archive. The method used by GitHub to store the data is in form of QR based storage which they call “SnapShot”
The 02/02/2020 snapshot archived in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault will sweep up every active public GitHub repository, in addition to significant dormant repos as determined by stars, dependencies, and an advisory panel. The snapshot will consist of the HEAD of the default branch of each repository, minus any binaries larger than 100KB in size. Each repository will be packaged as a single TAR file. For greater data density and integrity, most of the data will be stored QR-encoded. A human-readable index and guide will itemize the location of each repository and explain how to recover the data.GitHub says,
GitHub says, that storage would last for 1000 years.even as the Arctic is affected by the climate change but the thick permafrost layer would prevent from future adversities. GitHub has chosen the northern most town of “Svalbard” for storing the data as it already hosts the world Seed bank.
Svalbard, is regulated by the international Svalbard Treaty as a demilitarized zone. Home to the world’s northernmost town, it is one of the most remote and geopolitically stable human habitations on Earth.
GitHub is betting big on this, as no one has thought about it till now. Let’s hope we don’t have to ever use the “World Code Archive”.and , world maintains peace !