2 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 2: Software Collection Development

This episode reviews existing software collections and who those collections serve. In order to better capture current efforts in collecting software, we identify different collection profiles and the set of features that characterize each of them. We explore how collection development policies and strategies for existing collections impacts community goals of sharing and reuse.

Research Lead and Facilitator


Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you get your hands on the material? Map out your acquisition process and your relationships with donors, loaners, sellers and manufacturers.

  2. Why are you collecting software and what are you collecting? Pinpoint your collection’s distinctive features and its (potential) users.

  3. What does collecting software entails? Describe what types of physical and digital components are found in your software collection.

  4. Are all software collecting entities ensuring preservation? Define and compare procedures and standards in collecting and preserving software.

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.  

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(Runtime 49mins)

Read the Chat from the webinar: Episode 2

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