Launch ceremony of the great source code library

When :

from Thursday 7 June, 2018
to Friday 8 June, 2018

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room IX, Paris, France

Contact :

Pietro Desideri (Email:

The Software Heritage library opens to the public the largest ever repository of software source code in the world.
Developed by Inria (France) in partnership with UNESCO, is the first universal software archive. Its purpose is to collect, share and allow to re-utilize past and present open source codes. Its launch comes at a critical juncture for the history of software, since, increasingly, software is being lost. The event will be the occasion for the library to showcase its newly added repository and its new browsing system.
For the first time, gives persistent access to the source code of 83 million software projects from all over the world.
UNESCO and Inria signed a partnership agreement in 2017 with a view to develop joint actions towards the preservation and sharing of software source code, a digital document that deserves to be preserved. Since several years, software occupy an extremely important, but often disregarded place in world societies. From communication systems, to healthcare, finance, administration and, of course, research, culture and entertainment, the digital world is actually made of software, which makes it all possible.