A new vault was introduced recently. The purpose of this vault is to preserve digital information in case of a complete breakdown.
The new doomsday vault called the World Arctic Archive has become the Global Seed Vaults neighbor. Like what the Global Seed Vault is for plants, the Arctic World Archive will be for the world’s digital heritage and valuable data—a safe place where the information will be available when all other systems on Earth, fail.
Until now, Earth only had ONE ‘doomsday Vault’ used to preserve the seeds of thousands of plants in the world fro that “just in case” scenario.
However, the famous Svalbard Global Seed Vault will now have a neighbor nearby. The new ‘doomsday vault’ will house the most important information and data in the history of mankind.
Officially known as the World Arctic Archive, the vault has recently been opened and has already taken submissions from two countries.
The new kid on the block is located some 620 miles from the North Pole in Svalbard, Norway.
The World Arctic Archive vault was built in an abandoned coal mine ‘Mine 3’, located near the Global Seed Vault.
The vault’s creator is a company called Piql.
The data is stored in order to withstand significant wear and tear. So far, documents from Brazil and Mexico have already been sent to the vault.
“In their case, [the deposit] is documents, different kinds of documents from their national histories, like, for example, the Brazilian Constitution,” the company’s founder told Live Science. “For Mexico, it’s important documents, even from the Inca period, which is a very important historical memory.”
In order for the data to survive difficult conditions, and years into the future, it will be stored on photosensitive film, in a format that the company compares to QR codes. According to the company, the film is capable of surviving for up to 1,000 years.
“We believe that we can save the data using our technology for a whole 1,000 years,” Katrine Loen Thomsen from Norwegian technology company Piql told local broadcaster NRK.
According to NRK, the company has run experiments to show that even if outside temperatures rise dramatically – in the event of nuclear war, for example – the film will survive for at least 500 years.
Furthermore, due to the fact that Svalbard—an Island between Norway and the North Pole—is close to being a demilitarized zone, nations around the world have agreed to keep it free from military installations and occupation.
“We can be reasonably confident that no military attack will happen,” Pål Berg from a Norwegian coal mining firm called SNSK, told NRK.
Interestingly, even though the Vault may include countless deposits of governmental data and historic archives, the vault is considered as a capitalistic endeavor, which basically means that anyone can pay and have their information stored for the future—something Piql calls the “ultimate digital insurance.”