The World Arctic Archive is new doomsday vault and it 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, it will be a safe place where the information will be available when all other systems on Earth will fail.
Until now, Earth only had one ‘doomsday Vault’ which is used to preserve the seeds of thousands of plants in the world for that “just in case” scenario.
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 already has taken submissions from two countries.
It 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 company called Piql is vault’s creator.
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. The company guarantees 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,”–says Katrine Loen Thomsen from Norwegian technology company Piql t0 local broadcaster NRK.
According to NRK, the company has run experiments to show that even if outside temperatures rise dramatically ( in case of nuclear war, for example )the film will survive for at least 500 years.
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.
Even though the Vault may include countless deposits of governmental data and historic archives, the vault is considered as a capitalistic endeavor. This basically means that any country can pay and have their information stored for the future—something Piql calls the “ultimate digital insurance.”