The Arctic World Archive

How does it work?

AWA is a data vault for any kind of content that deserves secure long-term storage, such as documents, sound, images and videos. We keep the data securely stored offline, and access is only provided on demand.

AWA website

We use a purpose-built digital storage medium that can keep data alive for over 1000 years with guaranteed future accessibility. It can withstand extreme electromagnetic exposure and has undergone extensive longevity and accessibility testing.

The storage medium, the piqlFilm, is futureproof and technology independent, so regardless of how much time has passed and how technology has evolved, the data will still be accessible.

In collaboration with each client, we define if we store the content in digital format as bits and bytes, or in visual format so text and images can be visible to the human eye.

Data to film

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 retrieval

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