23 May 2018 | 8am PST - 10am CT - 4pm BST/CET Online Webinar

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode explores a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees.

The webinar series is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network.

EPISODE 5: Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation

This episode explores current programmatic and project based initiatives to create the processes and infrastructure that will support a growing number of software (re)use cases/organizational users. Our first use case highlights challenges and opportunities associated with scaling an institutional software preservation program. Our second use case highlights the challenges and opportunities associated with scaling software preservation across institutions.

Research Lead and Facilitator:  


Discussion Questions:

  1. Define scale in the context of your project. How is scale different from growth?
  2. Are there aspects of software preservation that are not in scope for your project or program to tackle, but are nevertheless crucial to the long-term success of your project or programmatic goals?

Sharing experiences and perspectives is critical to understanding the hurdles in software preservation, to imagining future use of software-dependent data, and to forming a mutual understanding of where collective action is necessary to facilitate those future uses so we hope you will join the discussion.

The webinar series is free to attend and open to all.  

Watch the webinar recording

(Runtime 54 mins)

  Read the Chat from the webinar: Episode 5

Supplementary Resources

Websites & Blogs

Emulation as a Service (EaaS) at Yale University Library:

Example of emulated content at Yale University Library

Scaling Emulation as a Service Infrastructure Project

Articles, Reports & Presentations

ARL Best Practices for Fair Use in Software Preservation

Cochrane, E. (2013). “Rendering Matters.” Archives New Zealand.
and examples from the report:

Day, M., Pennock, M., May, P., Davies, K., Whibley, S., Kimura, A., Halvarsson, E. (2016). “The preservation of disk-based content at the British Library – Lessons from the Flashback project.” http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0955749016669775

“Integrated Preservation Suite” in the 2017-2020 BL Digital Preservation Strategy: https://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/collectioncare/digitalpreservation/strategy/BL_DigitalPreservationStrategy_2017-2020.pdf

Interview with Dirk von Suchodoletz about PLANETS and Emulation: https://blogs.loc.gov/thesignal/2012/12/the-foundations-of-emulation-as-a-service-an-interview-with-dirk-von-suchodoletz-part-one/

Rechert, K., Liebetraut, T., Stobbe, O., Lubetzki, N., Steinke, T. (2017).
“Integrating emulation into library reading rooms”

Rosenthal, D. (2016). Emulation & Virtualization as Preservation Strategies:

Scott, J. (2017) “20 Minutes into the Emulation Future.” Created for the Digital Preservation Coalition Halcyon and On Emulation Summit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuIOJD2xbjY&t=1s 

Ongoing Discussion

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