FlightPath Source Code Stored in Arctic Code Vault
I'm thrilled to announce that the official source code for my open-source advising system, FlightPath, has been stored in the Arctic Code Vault for all time!
For those that may not know, I created FlightPath while working as a developer for the University of Louisiana Monroe, and since then it has been released as open source under the GNU GPL license.
It's been in constant development since 2007, and its code repository is hosted on GitHub, which is where this story begins.
I should start by admitting it isn't just FlightPath. In fact, almost all of the open source projects currently hosted on the repository site GitHub share this honor. In a blog post dated July 16 2020, GitHub revealed how the code was first transferred to a kind of high-tech microfilm called PiqlFilm. The film contains the code in both machine-readable and human-readable formats, and consists of 21TB of data over 186 rolls.
Also on each of the rolls of PiqlFilm are instructions in five different languages. This is because the film is expected to last at least 1,000 years.
On July 8, the shipments of code were placed in a mine in Norway, hundreds of meters beneath permafrost, in a space designed to outlast global warming, wars, or any other calamities which might come our way.
I'm beyond honored and humbled to know that FlightPath has been included in this illustrious collection, alongside some of the finest open-source code in the world. It is truly exciting to know that it will still be there by the year 3020, ready to continue ensuring student success.