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Software [is our] Heritage

Software is fragile

unlike words carved in stone it can be deleted or get corrupted

Software is the key

to access information and a fundamental part of human heritage

Software Heritage

preserves software source code for present and future generations

We are building the universal software archive

We collect and preserve software in source code form, because software embodies our technical and scientific knowledge and humanity cannot afford the risk of losing it.

Software is a precious part of our cultural heritage. We curate and make accessible all the software we collect, because only by sharing it we can guarantee its preservation in the very long term.

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Do we already have your code?

We harvest publicly available source code from many software projects and keep up with development happening there. As of today our archive already contains and keeps safe for you:

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Are you a coder? Would you like to know more about how the archive works and contribute?

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It concerns all of us. And you can help!

Software is so pervasive in our lives that its preservation concerns all of us. Our mission and the archive we are building will serve the needs of the many, from cultural institutions to scientists and industries.

Everyone can help us achieving these ambitious goals.

Heritage

Software is an important part of human production. It is also a key enabler for salvaging our entire digital heritage.

We collect, preserve, and make accessible source code for the benefits of present and future generations.

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Science

Science relies more and more on software. To guarantee scientific reproducibility we need to preserve it.

Amassing source code at this scale will be challenging, but will also enable the next generation of software studies.

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Industry

Software is present in all industrial processes and products.

The universal source code archive we are building will help industry with provenance tracking, long-term archival, and software bill of materials.

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Platinium sponsors

Intel

Intel has been at the forefront of open source development for nearly two decades and today is a top contributor to the Linux kernel, as well as dozens of leading projects across technology markets an…

Microsoft

Microsoft has been involved in open source initiatives by enabling, integrating, releasing and contributing to many open source projects and communities for well over a decade. We applaud the Software…

Société Générale

We are aware of the code’s value for our digital transformation, it has become a major asset for the bank and we firmly believe that we must preserve it in the long term. Open Source lies at the hea…

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Huawei

Huawei’s vision is to build a better connected world.  Huawei is also a very active contributor to the rapidly growing global open source software community. Software is a core area of research at …

Bronze Sponsors

GitHub

Software encodes human knowledge in a machine-readable form and plays a critical role in many industries and sectors but its preservation is often overlooked. I’m excited to see what the Software He…

University of Bologna

Software is at the basis of most modern science. The reproducibility of scientific results and the whole concept of scientific research is deeply linked with the preservation and the study of software…

Nokia Bell Labs

Software is redefining the whole information and communication infrastructure, and embodies a growing amount of scientific and technical knowledge that is essential for the very existence of our moder…

Dans

Software Sustainability is one of the core elements to accelerate discovery. Reproducibility of scientific results, but also reusability and findability of software are core principles in science DANS…