Designed to withstand natural and man-made disasters, in the
safest location on earth, data stored here will last for
Much of our heritage is stored digitally and, despite best efforts to protect it for the future, it can be exposed to risks, either from the online environment or just from the limits of modern storage technology.
The combination of resilient long-term storage technology and the remote, safe and cold conditions found on Svalbard, enables data to live on into the distant future.
Established in 2017, the Arctic World Archive (AWA) holds an
impressive collection of valuable digital artefacts and
irreplaceable information from around the world, with over
15 contributing nations.
AWA is home to manuscripts from the Vatican Library, political histories, masterpieces from different eras (including Rembrandt and Munch), scientific breakthroughs and contemporary cultural treasures.
AWA is set deep inside an arctic mountain on the Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is a declared demilitarised zone by 42 nations. The safety, security and remoteness made it a perfect choice for an archive of such valuable information. Further, the cool dry permafrost conditions increase the longevity of the stored data.