Piql, A Norwegian company is pioneering the conversion of digital data onto a photosensitive, multi-layered analog film, to help countries store digitised versions of their most important books and documents in the vast library, allowing to survive nuclear war or other apocalyptic events . The initiative, utilizes a similar concept to the Global Seed Vault, which is stocked up with seeds to enable humanity to survive if a natural disaster destroys the global food supplies
Officially called the world artic archive, Information will be preserved safely inside the second Doomsday Vault using specially developed film to store data.
The process has been likened to turning data into “big QR codes on film.” “We believe that we can save the data using our technology for a whole 1,000 years,” Piql’s Katrine Loen Thomsen told the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK.
Located about 620 miles from the North Pole in Svalbard, Norway, the World Arctic Archive has been built in “Mine 3,” an abandoned coal mine close to the Global Seed Vault. So far, Mexico and Brazil are the only countries that have submitted to the project. Officials from Piql tell Live Science that Brazil has submitted historical documents like the Brazilian Constitution and Mexico has submitted important documents that date all the way back to Inca period.
Piql says a country can upload test, images or audio-visual content to Piql’s servers. That data is then transferred to the special film that is designed to withstand significant wear and tear. It’s then placed into a secure box and housed inside the heavily fortified vault.
Analog storage is generally considered more future proof as it is particularly immune to cyber attacks. Special operating systems would not be necessary to decipher the information in the event that the planet suffers some sort of apocalypse .
The facility could also be useful for storing valueable data that a government might need stowed away in the most secure of locations for future use, Like the 2015, withdrawal of seeds from the Global Seed Vault where Samples of wheat, barley, and grasses were sent to replace seeds in a gene bank in Aleppo that was damaged in the ongoing Syrian Civil war. The facility might save the same need to governments that may have had important data compromised.