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Copies of banned books and documents collected by the Eternal Access Project are stored digitally. Digital data is stored on piqlFilm (developed by Piql AS), a data storage medium that is robust, ultra-secure, non-hackable, immutable, self-contained, unalterable, and migration-free.

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The Arctic World Archive uses nano technologies to convert photo-sensitive 35mm film into an immutable digital preservation medium for the future. The piqlFilm is protected by the unique piqlBox which enables secure storage of the data. This makes it possible for the piqlFilm (and the data is contains) to survive the next 2,000 years. PiqlFilm is also immune to electromagnetic radiation and cyberattacks. PiqlFilm is stored offline and off-grid. AWA provides secure access to data even in the most dire circumstances.

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All types of file formats can be converted and stored on PiqlFile. The information is written in digital format (QR-codes) keeping the authenticity and integrity of the original files. So that the storage media is not technology-dependent, the visuals can be read with a simple magnifying glass if necessary.


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To access a single book or even the entire collection from the Eternal Access Project in the future, the Eternal Access Project and/or its public designees can have its holdings retrieved from the Arctic World Archive''s secure vault in Svalbard, Norway.

The piqlFilm would be retrieved from the vault and placed on a piqlReader. The reader will read the requested data back from the piqlFilm and make the files available to the Eternal Access Project and its public designees through the Arctic World Archive's online portal.

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