The Arctic World Archive (AWA) has welcomed the constitution of Kazakhstan to its growing repository of world memory.
In a ceremony, attended by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Norway Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy head of Mission Talgat Zhumagulov, Counsellor Ilyas Omarov, and First Secretary Azat Matenov from the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Norway, the piqlFilm reel holding the constitution, other important information and historical images were stored forever as a time capsule for future generations.
Kazakhstan now joins Mexico and Brazil as nations that have deposited constitutions.
‘On the eve of the Day of National Symbols of Kazakhstan, information files including the state flag, emblem, anthem, the Constitution, and the Law on State Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated December 16, 1991, were placed in the Archive. This is an important day for our nation, with our contribution now part of this repository of global memory,’ said Mr Akhinzhanov.
Hosted by Piql’s Managing Director Rune Bjerkestrand and Deputy Director Katrine Loen, the delegates received a guided tour of the vault and the growing collection of masterpieces and historic and contemporary treasures stored safely for centuries.
‘I am very proud to welcome the Kazakhstan constitution to AWA as a contribution to world memory and look forward to future Kazakh deposits,’ Mr Bjerkestrand said.
This is the first deposit from the Republic of Kazakhstan and represents the 16th nation to deposit in AWA.
The Arctic World Archive was founded in 2017 by the Norwegian company Piql AS, which in 2002 developed an innovative technology of transforming 35-millimeter photosensitive film into a digital data carrier.
This innovative method is a response to the changing needs of the digital revolution. Global digital assets double every 2 years, about 10% of hard drives fail after 4 years, the cost of digital data security is increasing every year.
piqlFilm is currently the safest and most durable data carrier in the world, tested to survive for over 1000 years. Szymborska’s works have been stored both digitally and as a visual representation.
Piql services are offered around the world through a network of trusted partners.
AWA is located 300 metres inside a decommissioned coal mine on the remote Norwegian Island of Svalbard, holding digital treasures from around the world.
Svalbard was chosen as the location for a global memory repository, for its status as a declared demilitarised zone by 42 nations, offering both geographical and political stability. Further, the cool dry permafrost conditions increase the longevity of the stored data.
In this era, much of our heritage is stored digitally and, despite best efforts to protect it for the future, it can be exposed to risks, either from the online environment or just from the limits of modern storage technology.
The combination of resilient long-term storage technology and the safety offered by AWA, data will live on into the distant future.