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Film Reels and Steel: Github Plans to Archive Bitcoin Code for 1,000 Years

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Film Reels and Steel: Github Plans to Archive Bitcoin Code for 1,000 Years

The Microsoft subsidiary, Github recently revealed the “Archive Program,” an initiative that aims to preserve open source technologies for 1,000 years. The newly launched effort plans to store snapshots of open source technology 250 meters underground on the Norwegian island of Svalbard. The source code management and collaboration platform also plans to store the Bitcoin Core software. Archivists will etch the blockchain network’s code on film reels and encase the project in a steel capsule.

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Bitcoin Codebase and Other Open Source Crypto Projects Will be Stored Underground in a Time Capsule

Github plans to store the Bitcoin Core codebase within the depths of a mountainous region located in Norway. The project is a time capsule concept and Github is calling it the Archive Program. The program’s main goal is to store a number of open source technologies underground for 1,000 years so humans can access them in the future. Github says the mission of the program is to “preserve open source software for future generations.” The announcement reads:

The company is also partnering 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. We will protect this priceless knowledge by storing multiple copies, on an ongoing basis, across various data formats and locations, including a very-long-term archive designed to last at least 1,000 years.

Film Reels and Steel: Github Plans to Archive Bitcoin Code for 1,000 Years
The Archive Program will have the codebase and elements stored in the icy mountain terrain located on the Norwegian island of Svalbard. Other cryptocurrency-based codes will also be stored including Ethereum, Dogecoin, and the Lightning Network.

The Bitcoin Core repository will not be the only cryptocurrency-based repo added to Github’s time capsule initiative. A slew of other blockchain projects will be stored as well including the Ethereum and Dogecoin codebase and the Lightning Network. The company’s collaborating with Github believe in archiving software across various forms of ephemeral media and hosting platforms. The scheme is called “LOCKSS,” which stands for “Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe.” In order to ensure the safety and longevity of codebases like Bitcoin Core, the program will include “much longer-term media to address the risk of data loss over time.”

Film Reels and Steel: Github Plans to Archive Bitcoin Code for 1,000 Years
According to Github, the Bitcoin Core codebase will be etched on film reels and stored in a steel capsule. The time capsule is meant to last a 1,000 years and help stop data loss catastrophes like Roman concrete, and the Saturn V blueprints.

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