Bitcoin’s base code is considered by many voices as a sacred part of programming and new technologies in our lives.
Although those voices still represent a tiny fraction of humanity, their efforts to perpetuate and preserve the source of Blockchain technology continue every day.
This time, GitHub is working on backing up the base codes of all open source software on its platform.
Where the Lightning Network, Ethereum, Dogecoin code bases are included, as well as other cryptocurrencies and software projects.
Of course, that includes the main code: Bitcoin Core or Bitcoin base code. Which is the most popular code implementation of the underlying BTC infrastructure and one of the most used on GitHub.
The goal of this plausible effort is for future generations to have the opportunity to learn about the state of current technology.
The Bitcoin base code within a true “cold wallet”
To achieve this ambitious project, GitHub has partnered with institutions such as the Software Heritage Foundation, the Arctic World Archive, and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
The idea is to copy all the codes onto film reels and burn them to quartz glass dishes with femtosecond lasers.
This will later be stored in a steel container 250 meters underground. The container will be located inside an abandoned coal mine on an icy mountain in Svalbard, Norway.
All in an effort to preserve the data “alive” and unscathed for 1,000 years, which could otherwise be abandoned, forgotten or lost.
Duplicates of the film reels that archive the Bitcoin code base along with the other 10,000 top and most dependent repositories.
This will take place at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, which will provide redundancy for the Arctic Code Vault.
The tech world is likely to find more forms of digital media storage soon that will last much longer than the old traditional hard drive.
Undoubtedly, this initiative to create a very long-term backup of the Bitcoin base code and other cryptos should avoid the loss of current technologies.
In the same way, they serve to guarantee that future historians can know and trace our current technology.