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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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Supporters

We are not alone in the belief that software preservation is of paramount importance for our society. World renowned international organizations, individuals, and companies have already expressed their support for the mission of Software Heritage.

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Gérard Berry

Software is of paramount importance for all our society: our lives, our industry and our well-being have come to literally depend on it. Collecting, preserving and making available all the software i…

The Document Foundation

Software is deeply entrenched in our life, and is the tool we use to create, access and share our culture. Software has become a fundamental component of society, and must be preserved for future gene…

DANS

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

Free Software Foundation

The freedom—and the ability—to build on the work of others is core to free software. Also central is the ability to be nimble and future-proof, to not be hostage to the whims of specific owners or…

Bell Labs, Nokia

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 mod…

Software Freedom Law Center

Software Heritage is the Alexandrian Library of humankind’s most important current technical expression: software. This project will allow us to do science about software in new and revolutionar…

NLnet Foundation

Software Heritage has set itself the important task of curating software for the long run at a global scale, and to safeguard the long term availability of these bits carefully crafted for all inten…

Insignary

Open Source is the foundation of all modern sophisticated software development. It powers everything from the smallest embedded devices to critical national infrastructure. The Software Heritage proje…

AdaCore

Software has become the essential core of modern technology. Critical software lies at the heart of the power, transportation, and telecommunication networks that must stay in operation for decades. O…

IEEE Software

I read with great interest the proposal to create a public archive of software artifacts and associated metadata as a way to grow a universal body of scientific and technical knowledge. As Editor-in-…

Serge Abiteboul

Software embodies a large part of all the technical and scientific knowledge that is being developed today. Software Heritage will create the largest public archive of software artifacts, which is an …

Creative Commons

The commons is made up of many parts, and many movements, with free and open software being an essential element. Archiving and open repositories are vital to a thriving and growing commons, as we n…

Informatics Europe

With this letter we would like to express Informatics Europe’s support to the “Software Heritage” project. Informatics Europe fully support the projects’ mission of collecting, organising, pre…

Gandi

From its inception, GANDI has supported open-source projects, including notably VLC, Ubuntu, Gnome, and CaliOpen. GANDI’s primary focus is providing new, high-performance solutions for its cus…

Free Software Foundation Europe

Software is the most important cultural technique of today’s society; it frames what we can and what we cannot do. Software shapes our communication and culture, our economy, education and res…

DISI, Università di 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 s…

ACM SigSoft

The Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT) is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the art, sc…

Huawei

Huawei’s vision is to build a better connected world. Through open partnerships and customer-centric innovation, Huawei produces world-leading networking and IT products, cloud services, software,…

Open Source Initiative

The fundamental advantage of open source software is the freedom to use, modify, and redistribute existing work, accelerating innovation into the future. The Open Source Initiative is pleased to suppo…

Jason Scott

Software has become the new architecture that our world is built on, and source code its blueprints. Without this vital component of history, we suffer a range of loss: of culture, of understanding, a…

Software Freedom Conservancy

We have decades of free and open source software that are the building blocks of the technology we rely on, all of which is interacting in new ways the implications of which we are only beginning to…

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…

Open Invention Network

The creation of a uniform database of open source code is a critical first step in being able to understand the scope and breadth of open source innovation. As the largest patent non-aggression commun…

Adullact

Pythagoras prohibited his disciples to divulge his theories : mathematics was born in secrecy. However, the philosophers of the « Greek miracle » considered that ideas, the universal ones, belonged …

GitLab

GitLab applauds the Software Heritage project for keeping open source software available for future generations. We believe everyone should contribute to preserve the software commons and a coordina…

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…

INAPI

The National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile-INAPI enthusiastically supports the Software Heritage project, because in the digital age and the knowledge society, the caretaking of freely ac…

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…

OW2

Open source is making the way we develop, share and maintain software and even do business with it more open, transparent, fair and efficient for the benefit  of all. While software is revolutionizin…

French Government (DINSIC)

Open Data is the fuel, and Software is the engine of the digital transformation that is driving change in all aspects of modern societies. By collecting, preserving and sharing all the source code …

Engineering Group

The challenge for an Information Technology industry lies in the preparation of excellence. To achieve this you need to master technologies, be free and make decisions quickly. Software availability i…

Jean-François Abramatic

Software is the key to universal access to our web of information. Software has become an essential component of our daily lives. Software must be collected, organized, preserved and shared. We need t…

The Linux Foundation

The rate of change of open source software is continuing to accelerate beyond what is possible with manual tracking. License compliance is at the heart of what makes open source software — “open…

Computer History Museum

Software source code is a form of literature, written by humans to be read by humans as well as machines. It gives us a view into the mind of the designer, and studying code can teach us both histor…

Societé Informatique de France

Software is now at the heart of all human activity: our lives, our businesses, our culture depend on it. Software source code is a precious heritage that must be preserved and made accessible to the g…

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 Softwar…

Eclipse Foundation

Software is the fabric which binds our personal, social, industrial, and digital lives. It is an important part of our cultural heritage, as well as a significant portion of the intellectual efforts …

Simon Phipps

Open source software is now the assumed default for the IT industry and for every computer user. It is also here to stay for the foreseeable future. We now need to secure past open source achievements…