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Doomsday Data Vault Established In Norway To Protect The World's Data

•, By: Nicole Kobie

Doomsday may be closer than ever, but thanks to the Arctic World Archive, at least your data could survive the looming apocalypse.

Norway is already the home to the Global Seed Vault, a frozen ark for 1.5 million seeds to avoid their extinction, and now the Arctic World Archive aims to do the same for your data — in the same disused mine in the same mountain on the island of Svalbard, famous for its polar bear population.

Run by a small Norwegian archiving company called Piql, the World Arctic Archive will store key documents, books and other files on photosensitive film held in protective boxes, a technique Piql says it's tested to survive for at least 500 years and believes will last for 1,000.

That longevity is helped by the storage location. First, the film will be stored in an abandoned mine with a constant temperature below zero degrees Celsius, helpful for maintaining the piqlFilm, and deep enough to avoid damage from nuclear or EMP weapons.

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