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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.


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 will also store all active public repositories in early 2020.


On the 30-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEFhas 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 is collecting representing support for the convention.

The National History Museum of Norway

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.

European Space Agency

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.

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

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.

Brazilian Museum of the Person

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.


Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Established in 1847, Siemens has played an impressive role in shaping the technological evolution of the whole world.

Siemens chose to store their most valuable documents, which included founding documents and photograms from 1847.

National Museum of Norway

The National Museum holds Norway’s most extensive art collection. It also plays an important role in preserving the collections, making them available for future generations. The Museum has made two deposits of digitised artworks include including national treasures such as “The Scream” by Edvard Munch and Vinternatt i Rodane (Winter’s night in Rodane) (1914) by Harald Sohlberg.


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.

National Archive 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.


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. Infinity felt this was the best Italian film sample to be stored for the next generations.

Fundación Felipe Gónzalez

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

SCG Thailand

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

Norwegian folk stories

Telia, in collaboration with a Norwegian start-up, Hiddn, 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.

Variety Communication

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.

Utah Valley University

Earliest audio
Restored, transcribed and digitally preserved audio recordings made on Edison cylinders. Including classic tunes such as Goodbye Boys, It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary, Kiss Me My Honey Kiss Me, among many others.

Spike Jones
Restored and digitally preserved music collection of music by the comedic 1940s American Musician Spike Jones.