May 26, 2022

Report: “Arctic World Archive Adds Latest Data Deposit in Svalbard Facility”

From Data Center Dynamics:

The Arctic World Archive has added another trove of data to its long term storage vault in Svalbard.


In a bi-annual ceremony (that was delayed by the pandemic), Piql added reels of data from the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, Natural History Museum, Guttormsgaards Arkiv, The Saga Heritage Foundation, Tronrud Engineering, National Széchényi Library (National Library of Hungary), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Ministry of Culture in India, Sapio Analytics, Artemis Arts, and others.

It joins data from the National Archive of Brazil, Mexico, and a huge deposit from GitHub. The software collaboration platform, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2019, is also using its parent company’s Project Silica quartz glass system for long term storage.

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New Arctic World Archive Deposits

Armed Forces Museum
The Norwegian Armed Forces Museum made its second deposit with a collection of photographs from Luftfartsmuseet, Forsvarsmuseet and Hjemmefrontsmuseet.

These holdings have been extended through a new period of digitisation since the last deposit in AWA. The museum holds an impressive and growing photo collection that captures the dramatic development of Norwegian aircraft from pre to post war. One of the highlights of the collection is the very interesting collections from the Norwegian Resistance Museum, one of the best sources of documentation in the country of the work done against the invasion during WWII.

Natural History Museum – Britney fossil
Also making its second AWA deposit, the Natural History Museum chose to preserve a ‘local’ – the data from Ophthalmothule Cryostea, dubbed ‘Britney’, a 150-million-year-old fossil of a lizard like animal that was found on a neighbouring mountain in 2012.

This find was incredibly important as it is the only one of this type of plesiosaurs in the world with a preserved skull, giving much more insight into the creature.

Guttormsgaards Arkiv – Digital Art Collection of Sean Snyder
Led by art historian Ellef Prestsæter, and working with US artist Sean Snyder, Guttormsgaards Arkiv deposited a special digital art collection. Sean Snyder is a progressive modern artist, focussed on digital art and preservation. The collection will be exhibited at the Longyearbyen Library, prior to the deposit. For the artist, the depositing of data plays a crucial and integral role in his current exhibition project.

The Saga Heritage Foundation – Flatøyabok
The Saga Heritage Foundation deposited the Flatøyabok, one of the most important Icelandic and Nordic manuscripts from the Middle Ages. A non-profit foundation, the Saga Heritage Foundation was established to work for the preservation and future access of the Norse cultural heritage in its broadest sense. The content of this saga is of great importance to Norway’s and Iceland’s history.

Film Director, Hans Petter Moland – Zero Kelvin motion picture
The renowned Norwegian Director, Hans Petter Moland deposited a classic Norwegian film Zero Kelvin (Kjærlighetens Kjøtere), filmed on Svalbard in 25 years ago. The film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Sundqvist, Gard Eidsvold and Camilla Martens and was shown during Solfestuka festival in Longyearbyen earlier this year.

Tronrud Engineering – corporate history
Tronrud Engineering, one of the great stories of Norwegian industrial development, deposited its core corporate history, centred around a photo collection going back to the inception of the company in the 1970s. The collection shows the impressive development of the company from its early days to the evolvement as a major international company at the forefront of innovation in design and manufacturing delivering some of the most advanced automation solutions in the market. Now based at Eggemoen, an industrial site including their own landing strip for planes to arrive and take off, the deposits captures the complete history of how this development came to place from through the decades.

National Széchényi Library (National Library of Hungary) – Hungarian cultural heritage
Representing the first Hungarian deposit, The National Library of Hungary deposited a selection of manuscripts representing different eras, along with corvinas of King Matthias, a collection of historic maps, and graphic posters from 1800s and 1900s.

This collection captures many different forms of cultural heritage, representing a number of eras, providing a colorful picture of Hungary’s culture and history.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Ministry of Culture in India – Durga Saptashati Manuscripts
Faciliated by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and the Ministry of Culture in India, the Durga Saptashati Manuscripts were deposited, representing a core pillar of the Hindu culture and faith. These precious religious texts describing the Goddess as the supreme power and creator of the universe have now been digitally preserved for eternity. Dating back to between 400 and 600 C.E, the Durga Saptashati (also known as the Devi Mahatmya) is one of the earliest texts from the Hindu traditions that describe the feminine aspect of God.

Sapio Analytics – Ancient Indian and Hindu paintings
After the initiation of preservation of paintings on the UNESCO world heritage site, Ajanta Caves, more restored artworks from ancient India, signifying a new tradition of art that gave birth to modern beliefs, were deposited. This second deposit from Sapio Analytics, contained the earliest surviving paintings of the Hindu faith, restored from Badami Caves in Karnataka (India), and ancient paintings from the mysterious and elegant Brihadeesvara temple.

Spirit wrestler productions – Cultural Heritage of the Saskatchewan Doukhobor
Representing the first Canadian deposit, the cultural heritage of the Saskatchewan Doukhobor was deposited by Spirit wrestler productions.

The Doukhobor community, among the first settlers in Saskatchewan, are today almost all but gone in Canada. In 2016, through a collaboration between the Western Development Museum, Spirit Wrestler Productions, and the University of Saskatchewan, a project to preserve the oral history and spiritual traditions the Saskatchewan Doukhobor was initiated. The project, Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book, features a documentary film and an immersive audio/visual installation. The main purpose of this project was to make sure that the Doukhobors community unique culture, religious beliefs, traditions, and history would be preserved for future generations, which is the mission of AWA.

They decided to preserve the work of the documentary film “We’ve Concluded Our Assembly”, Doukhobor songs and recording sessions at the Blaine Lake Doukhobor Prayer Home where they recorded both audio and video prayer service as it is practiced by Saskatchewan Doukhobors today.

Artemis Art – Emerging art from Malaysia
Representing the first Malaysian contribution, this deposit celebrates South-East Asian’s vibrant art culture as seen through the eyes of emerging artists. This deposit was made possible by U.C. Loh and S. Jamal Al-Idrus, co-founders of Malaysia’s Artemis Art Gallery, who chose a number of pieces from their private art collection. Artists include:

  • Ajim Juxta, Michael Chuah and Umibaizurah Mahir from Malaysia
  • Erica Hestu Wahyuni and Gabriel Aries Setiadi from Indonesia
  • Charlie Co and Yeokaa from Philippines
  • Chihiro Nakahara from Japan
  • Li Wei and Liu Zhiyin from China

Progettali Srl – Global photographic collection
A unique historic photographic collection was deposited by Progettali, a private photographic archive. The collection features photos from Europe Africa, Far East, Japan, China and America. It is a quite complete collection that make the set very valuable from an antropological, entographic, cultural and historical point of view. These include stereo images, daguerrereotypes (images on silver plates) and albumen prints.

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