EaaSI October Resource Highlight: "EaaSI Webinar Series"

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Jessica Meyerson

Oct 27, 2020, 9:28:48 AM10/27/20

Dear Colleagues, 

Hoping that you are enjoying your week so far!

This month, the Emulation-as-a-Service-Infrastructure (EaaSI) team is happy to share our October Resource Highlight entitled  “EaaSI Webinar Series,” which consists of four different episodes recorded in 2019, each of which tackles a different facet of EaaSI’s approach to emulation. Resource Highlights are monthly opportunities for the EaaSI team to share our work more broadly. Resources range from staff blog posts that connect software curation and emulation to current events to capacity building templates that provide structured activities for digital curation practitioners to reports from our EaaSI partner organizations on their own emulation explorations.

As we plan our December virtual event (stay tuned for more!), it is useful to review resources from the first stage of our program, to see what still works as a resource for people and organizations that want to learn more about emulation. The EaaSI Webinar Series, together with September’s  “Exploring our Emulation Environment” capacity building template and our “Emulation Environments” training module released earlier this month, provides a robust conceptual overview of emulation as well as ways of grounding those concepts in the realities of daily practice, collection policy development, and the broader metadata ecosystem of the Internet which libraries, archives, and museums are only one part of. 

You can view entire episodes and download transcripts for each episode in the “EaaSI Webinar Series” using the following links:


PARTICIPATE: 2021 EaaSI Hosted Emulation Services Pilot

EaaSI is offering an exclusive Hosted Emulation Services Pilot in 2021 for all members that renew or join SPN for 2021. The Hosted Emulation Services Pilot Summary (linked here and also attached as PDF) provides all the information an organization might need to determine if they would like to participate as a pilot node, including:

  • Goals of the pilot

  • Defining EaaSI and EaaSI features

  • Roles of staff and pilot nodes

  • Benefits of participating in the pilot

  • Pilot services provided by EaaSI

  • Expectations of participating pilot nodes including activities and time commitment

  • Timeline of key phases and activities to take place over the course of the pilot period

  • Pilot measures, data collection, and documentation - this section describes what data we plan to collect, how we plan to collect it, and data retention during and after the pilot

Are you curious about what “hosted emulation services” might look like? Do you want to know how software configuration and emulation might fit into your existing workflows? Are you interested in having a structured series of conversations with a cohort of peer organizations that are looking to develop and share workflows, policies, and software?

If you said YES to any of the questions above, join SPN to participate in the SPN Exclusive EaaSI Hosted Emulation Services pilot in 2021.


To receive bi-monthly EaaSI updates via newsletter and share your software preservation successes/challenges, sign up for the Software Preservation Network mailing list by visiting https://groups.google.com/d/forum/software-preservation-network

If you have questions for the project team, please contact the EaaSI Community Outreach Lead, Jessica Meyerson, at <jessica[at]educopia[dot]org>.


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.

Jessica Meyerson
Director for Research & StrategyEducopia Institute
The Maintainers, co-director
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Fellow

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Working from Austin, TX
jessica[at]educopia[dot]org | 512-864-4575
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