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  4. <title>The Software Heritage intiative: A comprehensive archive of Free Software code</title>
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  7. <h1>Software Heritage initiative to create an archive of Free Software code</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">The Free Software Foundation Europe protects users,
  9. companies and institutions from technological abuse by promoting the use
  10. of Free Software. Now there is a project that protects the code used in
  11. Free Software itself and promised to preserve it for the future: Inria
  12. presents the Software Heritage initiative.</p>
  13. <p>The importance of software in the modern world cannot be overstated.
  14. Software is at the crux of all contemporary technological development and
  15. has become essential for all areas of scientific research. Software plays
  16. a pivotal role in our daily lives, our industries and our society. Software
  17. has become the reflection of our technological, scientific and cultural
  18. progress.</p>
  19. <p>However, software is prone to disappear, either because it stops being
  20. profitable, or projects get cancelled, or the code is deemed obsolete and
  21. gets erased, or is left to fade on storage that physically degrades over
  22. time.</p>
  23. <p>The <a href="https://www.softwareheritage.org/">Software Heritage</a>
  24. initiative is created and funded by <a href="http://www.inria.fr/en/">Inria</a>.
  25. It collects programs, applications and snippets of code distributed under
  26. free licenses from a wide variety of active and defunct sources, its aim
  27. being to protect code from sinking into oblivion. The distributed and
  28. redundant back-end hardens the system against a potentially disastrous
  29. losses of data and guarantees its availability for users.</p>
  30. <p>Users can check if a certain file exists within the system and propose
  31. new sources the Software Heritage engine can explore in search of more
  32. code to store. Soon users will also be able to find out where the code
  33. originated from using the Provenance information feature, browse the stored
  34. code, run full-text searches on all files, and download the content.</p>
  35. <p>The Heritage aimes to store all Free Software, in other words, software that
  36. can be used, studied, adapted and shared freely with others; and this is
  37. because the Software Heritage initiative relies on being able to share
  38. the software it stores. The Software Heritage website is designed to be
  39. a useful tool for professionals, scientists, educators and end-users.
  40. Users must be allowed to re-use the code in other products, cutting development
  41. time and costs; engineers should be able to discover how others solved
  42. certain problems; or compare the efficiency of different solutions to the
  43. same problem. And, of course, researchers must have explicit permission
  44. to study the evolution of code over time. This is only possible if the code
  45. is distributed under a Free and Open Source license.</p>
  46. <blockquote>Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation
  47. Europe, says: "Software is the most important cultural technology of
  48. today's society; it frames what we can and what we cannot do. Software
  49. shapes our communication and culture, our economy, education and research,
  50. as well as politics. It is important to preserve our collective knowledge
  51. about how software has influenced humankind. Collecting source code makes
  52. Software Heritage a valuable resource to understand how our society worked
  53. at any given time, and to build upon knowledge from humankind."</blockquote>
  54. <p>The Software Heritage intiative ensures today's code will be around
  55. for everybody in the future.</p>
  56. <h3>About Inria</h3>
  57. <p><a href="http://www.inria.fr/en/">Inria</a>, the French National Institute
  58. for computer science and applied mathematics, promotes "scientific excellence
  59. for technology transfer and society". Graduates from the world's top universities,
  60. Inria's 2,700 employees rise to the challenges of digital sciences. With
  61. this open, agile model, Inria is able to explore original approaches with
  62. its partners in industry and academia and provide an efficient response
  63. to the multidisciplinary and application challenges of the digital transformation.
  64. Inria transfers expertise and research results to companies (startups,
  65. SMEs and major groups) in fields as diverse as healthcare, transport, energy,
  66. communications, security and privacy protection, smart cities and the factory
  67. of the future.</p>
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