GitHub Archive Program: Making The Archives Beautiful

GitHub Archive Program: Making The Archives Beautiful

GitHub Archive Program: Making the archives beautiful. The GitHub Archive Program announces its latest milestone: storing collections of the most popular and depended upon open source repositories in beautiful art cases featuring 3D-printed and AI-generated artwork in significant libraries around the world.

One year ago at GitHub Universe, we announced the  GitHub Archive Program, where our mission is to preserve open source software for future generations. The world runs on open source software, and we felt a great duty to take the steps to ensure we preserve the amazing work of the open source community. This includes the  GitHub Arctic Code Vault, which is an archive in the Arctic World Archive in Svalbard, Norway, built to last a thousand years. This summer, we stored 186 reels of piqlFilm (digital photosensitive archival film) and 21TB of repository data 250 meters deep in the permafrost. This was a great milestone for the GitHub Archive Program and was just a first step. See the full journey of your code  here.

The open source archive beyond the GitHub Arctic Code Vault

As part of our ongoing preservation efforts, we are thrilled to announce that we are storing important open source projects in four more locations. These “Greatest Hits” are a collection of the most popular and depended upon open source repositories on GitHub today that are printed on reels of piqlFilm, plus a random sample of roughly 5,000 other repositories for future historians to have a better understanding of the broad spectrum of projects built by developers today. With 99% of all new software projects relying on open source, these 17,000 repositories are the foundation of technology today. To ensure the accessibility of these key projects, per the  LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) principle, we have created four Greatest Hits sets and have distributed them around the globe. 

We’ve chosen to donate these Greatest Hits to three of the world’s primary safeguards of knowledge: the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in England, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (a.k.a. the Library of Alexandria, Egypt), and the Stanford Libraries in California. Each donation consists of two reels of hardened microfilm, like those in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault, enclosed in beautiful art cases featuring 3D-printed and AI-generated artwork. Additionally, the fourth box will be preserved and displayed at GitHub headquarters. 

The Bodleian Library in Oxford is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It has been amassing and protecting human knowledge for centuries, and its archives include codexes that are well over a thousand years old.

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