May 22, 2022

Report/Update: Norway’s Petabyte Plan: Store Everything Ever Published in a 1,000-Year Archive

From ZDNet:

In the far north of Norway, near the Arctic Circle, experts at the National Library of Norway’s (NLN) secure storage facility are in the process of implementing an astonishing plan.

They aim to digitize everything ever published in Norway: books, newspapers, manuscripts, posters, photos, movies, broadcasts, and maps, as well as all websites on the Norwegian .no domain.

Their work has been going on for the past 12 years and will take 30 years to complete by current estimations.


Furthermore, given the relatively short life of hard disks, the NLN’s approach is to have a rolling program of disk replacement, swapping out entire disk cabinets when they reach their expected lifespan of five years.

In addition, the NLN stores everything in triplicate. One copy is on hard disk, with two more copies on tape.

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