International Development News
Development News Edition

UNESCO and Inria will open universal library of computer programme source codes

Over 4 billion unique source code files are already available from the online archive.


UNESCO and Inria will open universal library of computer programme source codes
We are on a long-term mission, and much remains to be done, says Roberto Di Cosmo. (Image Credit: Twitter)

UNESCO and Inria will open the archive of Softwareheritage.org, a worldwide initiative to create a universal library of computer programme source codes since the dawn of the digital age on June 7.

One year after the signing of a partnership agreement between Inria and UNESCO, the launch event at UNESCO's Headquarters on 7 June (3 to 4.30 pm), will include a demonstration of the website's functions, with the participation of François Sillion, Chief Executive Officer of the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics (Inria).

The Softwareheritage initiative aims to preserve and share the source codes of all software programmes that have been giving life to computers since the middle of last century.

Over 4 billion unique source code files, including their successive iterations and more than 83 million software projects in all fields are already available from the online archive.

UNESCO encourages universal access to information and the preservation of knowledge. The Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage, adopted in 2003, states that digital documents include, among a wide range of electronic formats, texts, databases, images, audio-documents and Web pages.

"Softwareheritage.org marks a necessary addition to UNESCO's longstanding heritage work," says Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO. "The project embodies commitments that are at the heart of our mandate: favoring the free flow of information and culture, and fostering intellectual cooperation for peace and development."

Roberto Di Cosmo, Director of the project welcomed the fact that "The opening to the public of the Software Heritage archive is an important milestone: everyone can at last consult and download the contents of the archive we have been building for three years. We are on a long-term mission, and much remains to be done. We need to find and archive all the source codes that are still missing, and add features that will make the archive easy to use for everybody: developers, scientists, historians, and society as a whole. We need new partners, and the support of all to develop the archive further."


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

With Ayodhya verdict, CJI starts clearing high profile pending cases

Ending all the speculations, the Chief Justice of India Mr. Ranjan Gogoi who is due to retire on November 17 decided to deliver the verdict in Ayodya dispute at 10.30 am on Saturday which is not a working day for the Supreme Court. This is ...

How partnerships and collaborations could enhance teacher training

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group shares her views on public private partnership and collaborations in education sector. She supports her propositions with her organisations success stories....

Fixed Test centers would facelift level of WTC in India

The venues for the test matches in India should be fixed so that World Test Championship matches remain fair....

Videos

Latest News

Shiv Sena first contacted us on Nov 11 for govt formation in Maha: Praful Patel

NCP leader Praful Patel on Tuesday said that Shiv Sena first contacted his party formally yesterday for government formation in Maharashtra and made it clear that a decision will be taken in this regard after discussions between two sides o...

Mauritius PM Jugnauth takes oath after election win

Mauritiuss incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term on Tuesday after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament. Jugnauth, 57, took over from his father in 2017 without going thro...

UPDATE 3-U.S. Supreme Court opens arguments over Trump bid to end protections for immigrant 'Dreamers'

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing arguments over the legality of President Donald Trumps effort to rescind a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as...

U.S. Army should assess security risks of using TikTok for recruitment -Sen. Schumer

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, on Tuesday released a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy raising concerns about using the Chinese TikTok social media platform for recruiting.National security experts have raised conc...

Give Feedback