Arctic World Archive

Protecting world memory

The combination of resilient long-term storage technology and the remote, safe and cold conditions found on Svalbard, enables data to live on into the distant future.

AWA website


Your data is stored offline and out of reach of cyber-attacks, in a disaster-proof vault in one of the most geopolitically secure places in the world, the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard.

Environmentally friendly

No electricity or other human intervention is needed as the climatic conditions in the Arctic are ideal for long-term archival of film.


By using a self-contained and technology-independent storage medium, future generations will be able to read back the information.

AWA is a joint initiative by Piql AS and Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani.

To read more about the memories stored in AWA and find out how to become a part of this adventure, please go to the AWA website.

Piql technology in AWA

The technology used to store the data is as important as the archive itself. Most digital storage mediums have a limited lifetime, and hardware, software and file formats become obsolete as technology evolves.