Arctic World Archive

The Arctic World Archive is a repository of world memory, designed to keep data alive for 1000 years.  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.



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.

Future proof


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

See the growing collection of memories

The Arctic World Archive welcomed the first deposits in 2017. 

To read more about the growing collection of memories now stored and find out how to become a part of this initiative, visit the Arctic World Archive’s dedicated website. 

How it works

Data to piqlFilm

When you have transferred your files to us, we write your them onto piqlFilm in recommended file formats and with related metadata.

Shipment to Svalbard

The piqlFilm is securely shipped to Svalbard and placed in the Arctic World Archive, where it can be “stored and ignored” for as long as is needed.

Data retreival

Upon your request, the data will be made available online, or shipped to you on an agreed physical medium. 

Relevant case studies

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Vatican Library

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