Friday, March 31, 2017

Norway's seed vault joined by Arctic World Archives

Norway's seed vault  preserves seeds from international seed banks in case of apocalypse, war, natural disasters or other traumatic events cause mass destruction, to allow for the continuation of crops all over the world. The seed stores the seeds in a special cold storage deep in the permafrost of  Svalbard, Norway.  Currently there are more than half a billion seeds. The vault is now being  joined there by the Arctic World Archives. Information in the archives will be stored on a new film system from a firm called Piql. Piql began with converting films from digital to analog and are now into data preservation.  Not being stored digitally prevents the data from being lost due to cyberattacks. Ha - the film archivists of the world are smiling- we already knew that! The archives plans to work with "governments, scientific institutions, authorities, companies and even individuals to store analog film copies of their data"...for safety in their vault." Hopefully between the storage medium and stable, cold temperatures of the vaults the materials will remain safe and accessible in the future. The question now is how many of these information generators are going to send their archives or copies of their archives to Norway? Read more about it here http://www.iflscience.com/technology/svalbard-will-soon-have-another-doomsday-vault-for-storing-precious-literature/

Here's another story about it which tells how Aleppo held seeds for the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas. The staff sent their seed bank to Svalbard right before civil war engulfed the city. Many of those seeds were sent last year from Svalbard to Morocco and Lebanon to allow scientists and farmers to grow and regenerate more seeds in areas best suited for their survival. So in this case, the plan to save seeds worked. Read more about it here https://www.adn.com/arctic/2016/12/21/dispelling-myths-around-the-arctic-circles-famed-doomsday-seed-vault/

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