Lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House with Olympic gold

Lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera House with Olympic gold
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For one night only, on 25 September 2020, the sails of the Sydney Opera House lit up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an iconic moment in Australia's sporting history and its preservation on DNA.

Cathy Freeman won gold in the Women's 400 metre race at the Sydney Olympic Games on 25 September 2000. Twenty years later the NFSA has preserved the video of the historic race for future generations using an innovative, sustainable, long-term storage technology: synthetic DNA.

This project is a world first, using emerging DNA data storage technology to preserve moving image for archival purposes. It is also the first Australian video ever to be encoded on DNA.

This preservation initiative is a partnership between the NFSA and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH). Learn more about the project in this article.

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