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The Arctic World Archive is the home of valuable information from all over the world, and the collection is growing for every passing year. Below is a selection of what we are currently protecting.

Open source code

GitHub deposited 6,000 of its most significant repositories in AWA for perpetuity, capturing the evolution of technology and software. This collection includes the source code for the Linux and Android operating systems; the programming languages Python, Ruby, and Rust; web platforms Node, V8, React, and Angular; cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Ethereum; AI tools TensorFlow and FastAI; and many more. GitHub also deposited all active public repositories on its platform into AWA in July 2020.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

On the 30-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Norway has deposited document in AWA both as a DNA file, which is an emerging data storage technology, and on piqlFilm to ensure future accessibility. A second deposit on piqlFilm will also be made with signatures UNICEF Norway is collecting representing support for the convention.

IDA Fossil

The National History Museum of Norway deposited the original digital files and the x-ray images of the world-renowned IDA fossil (scientific name Darwinius masillae), discovered 10 years ago (commonly referred to as the missing link). Adding data from the 47 million years old IDA fossil and all the other deposits, contributes to a new collection of history held by these arctic mountains.

National Archives of Mexico

The National Archives of Mexico (AGN) holds a rich archive that form part of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World”. The AGN collected Mexico’s most valuable historical documents from the last 400 years. This includes heritage from pre-Hispanic people, the Independence Act from 1821 in which Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the current and past constitutions.

Spanish political histories

Fundación Felipe Gónzalez deposited important political memories, including transcripts of secret meetings, photographs, letters and handwritten notes by the sitting President.

Enterprise histories

Siemens Historical Institute stored their most valuable documents, which included founding documents and photograms from 1847.

SGC, a leading business conglomerate stored its history. This history, covering the inauguration of the organisation in 1913 by royal decree, features images and videos from 106 years in operation.

19th century Italian photographs

Holding more than five million photographs, Alinari documents the history of Italy and the world. With over 200 years of irreplaceable images to protect, preservation for future generations is of paramount importance. Alinari identified over 500 19th century masterpieces for storage in the Archive.

Ajanta caves, India

Sapio Analytics deposited high resolution images of the Ajanta Caves in India, the first AWA deposit of a UNESCO world heritage site. Considered some of the most significant ancient art in the world, these paintings and carvings hold immense importance for people in many nations.

Nobel Prize Laureates

Olga Tokarczuk Foundation and Literary Publishing deposited the complete literary works of Olga Tokarczuk, a Nobel Prize Laureate.

Swedish masterpieces

Moderna Museet, Sweden, virtually deposited a copy of its entire art database of 140,000 pieces, along with the descriptions and images.

History of Space Exploration

The European Space Agency (ESA) deposited sample data acquired by its first Earth Remote Sensing (ERS) satellite launched in 1991, and a thorough description of the mission objectives and achievements. This history captures the moment that saw a whole new chapter opened for the world in continuously monitoring the health of our planet from space and should never be lost, a truly magnificent story.

Ancient Manuscripts

The Vatican Library has digitally preserved 500 irreplaceable manuscripts of great historical value in the Arctic World Archive for 500 years. The manuscripts were selected based on their historical and cultural value, and the risk the of deterioration and permanent loss. The manuscripts include a text written by Luke the Evangelist and a hand-written version of the Quran.

Martin Schøyen Foundation, holding the largest private collection of manuscripts in the world, deposited the Bibliotheca Manuscripts Schoeyana as well as a nice collection of Buddhist manuscripts, curated by the University of Oslo.

Brazilian life stories

The Brazilian Museum of the Person deposited an extract from the "Memória de Brasileiros e Brasileiras" collection, composed of more than 2000 digitized photos and 300 life stories recorded between 2006 and 2016. In addition, 11 interviews with indigenous leaders from different ethnic groups in Brazil was included.

Italian Film heritage

Infinity, a service of MediaSet decided to preserve and store one of the most iconic italian movies: “Mediterraneo” - directed by Gabriele Salvatores. The movie won the Oscar for Best Foreign film in 1991. Infinity has already restored this film and committed to present it again to its customers.

Variety Communication, a film distributor with one of the largest Italian heritage film collections, deposited the Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), directed by Vittorio De Sica (1949). This film, rated as one of the greatest films of all time by many, was chosen for its significance for Italian cinema.

Norwegian folk stories

Telia, in collaboration with a Norwegian start-up, Hidden, deposited a collection of Norwegian folk stories capturing the essence of Norwegian folk tales for future generations. Trolls, princes and unlikely heroes are at home amongst the permafrost conditions in the Archive.

Norwegian masterpieces

The National Museum has made three deposits of digitised artworks include including “The Scream” by Edvard Munch and Vinternatt i Rodane (Winter’s night in Rodane) (1914) by Harald Sohlberg . The newest deposit includes three prominent female artists:
- Harriet Backer (1845-1932) is one of the foremost Norwegian painters of the 19th Century, with 2020 marking 175 years since her birth.
- Britta Marakatt-Labba (1951) is a Samí artist, especially known for her embroidered textiles depicting the cultural and political history of the Samí people.
- Eline Mugaas (1969) has been one of the key photographic artists in Norway working with since the 1990s.

Occupied Norway

The Norwegian Armed Forces Museum deposited a significant part of its digitised photo collection including the complete collection from The Norwegian Resistance Museum (Hjemmefrontmuseet). This collection details the struggle and difficulty of life in Norway under occupation during World War II.

Sporting histories

Mjørndalen Sports Association, Norway, deposited its 110-year history, featuring celebrated triumphs, rivalries, videos, photos and stories that have been treasured by the community.

Santa Catarina history

CIASC, a public provider of IT services in Brazil and in collaboration with Santa Catarina State Archives, virtually deposited precious archival documents capturing the history of the State of Santa Catarina. The collection portrays the political and administrative history since 1703 . The documents show the peculiarities of governance, territorial, economic and social formation over time. The collection includes maps, plans and sketches, iconographic images, multimedia materials and a support library.

Finnish labour history

The Finnish Labour Archive, Työväen Arkisto, the oldest labour archive in Finland holding political, trade union and other donated archives, deposited a photo collection from the history of the archive, including personal stories.