Added on 26 August 2020

The DPC has released a Member Preview of the next in its new series of Technology Watch Guidance Note on Preserving Software: Motivations, Challenges and Approaches  by Sheila Morrissey today.

Preserving Software: Motivations, Challenges and Approaches identifies good reasons for preserving software, as well as a range of different challenges which may be encountered in doing so, from technical and curatorial to legal, before setting out practical approaches and case study evidence for tackling each.

With a one-month preview for DPC Members, this new Technology Watch Guidance Note and the rest of the series complements the DPC’s popular Technology Watch Reports and is designed to be a ‘bite-sized’ paper that might contain information about a problem, a solution, or a particular implementation of digital preservation and will provide a short briefing on advanced digital preservation topics.

“This Guidance Note provides a helpful introduction to some of the challenges of software preservation and describes some of the practical steps institutions are taking to address those challenges. It is only brief but there are loads of useful references that can be followed up if you're looking for more details on this complex topic,” says Paul Wheatley, the DPC’s Head of Research & Practice and editor of the Technology Watch Series.

Further Technology Watch Guidance Notes on AI Assisted Review and Electronic Signatures will be published in the coming months.

The Technology Watch publication series is just one of the ways the not-for-profit DPC supports the digital preservation community. An international advocate for digital preservation, the Coalition helps its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance.

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