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With February right around the corner, the Emulation-as-a-Service-Infrastructure (EaaSI) team is happy to share our January Resource Highlight, “Emulation as a Service - Test Report.”
This report, published in October 2020 by colleagues at the Dutch Digital Heritage Network, details the methods, findings, and recommendations resulting from a pilot test of EaaSI software. The pilot was coordinated by Eoin O’Donohoe and Claudia Rock at Sound & Vision and includes a video game use case from Regional Archive Alkmaar, an architecture & urban planning use case from Het Nieuwe Instituut, and a new media art use case from Beeld en Geluid. The report concludes with 5 recommendations for organizations to ponder as they consider whether and how to incorporate software preservation and emulation activities into their existing digital curation program.
Resource Highlights are monthly opportunities for the EaaSI team to showcase the range of work of EaaSI staff and partners. Resources may include (but not be limited to): staff blog posts that connect software curation and emulation, capacity building templates that provide structured activities for digital curation practitioners, and reports from our EaaSI partner organizations on their own emulation explorations.
NOTE: Keep an eye out in the next week or so - we’ll release the recording and supplementary materials from our January EaaSI Roundtable “What We Talk About When We Talk About Emulation.”
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If you have questions for the project team, please contact the EaaSI Community Outreach Lead, Jessica Meyerson, at <jessica[at]educopia[dot]org>.
MORE ABOUT EAASI
The EaaSI program builds on previous work to apply the Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) framework for access and use of preserved software and digital objects. The project is focused on scaling the technological framework necessary for multiple institutions to configure, share, and access software and configured environments. EaaSI is focused on a distributed, community-driven architecture that sits on top of existing digital preservation infrastructure. This directly complements existing efforts by the Software Preservation Network and others to address key aspects of software preservation including legal advocacy, research about local software preservation needs, institutional capacity building for software preservation, collection development, professional development and training, and workflow recommendations.
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Fellow
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