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The first ANADP conference (http://educopia.org/events/ANADP), held in 2011 with participation by representatives from more than twenty countries, produced a broad agenda of forty-seven action areas for collaboration between national and international scale digital preservation efforts (this agenda, published in the ANADP volume, is available as a free download at the URL http://www
Remote access to emulation, remote emulation and the emergence of a wide range of different cloud services, and end users interacting with them remotely through standardized (web-)client applications on their various devices offers the chance to combine both into an integrated access system to various obsolete computer environments. In order to provide a wide range of services, especially in combination with authentic performance and user-experience, a distributed system model and architecture is helpful.
System imaging - dumping the permanent storage of a computer system to re-run it in an emulator - is a viable option to preserve complete digital environments. These include complex digital artefacts, famous persons machines, electronic lab books of natural sciences research or software and hardware development environments of software companies, to mention just a few. These artefacts or complex environments - further on "preservation targets" - are typically customized for special purposes and often include highly customised configuration or (unique) user programming. Thus, they often cannot be easily migrated into a preservable format without risking the loss of significant information and/or the context provided by the look and feel and user interaction with the system.
In the middle of November 2012, the first OPF Hackathon on Emulation took place in Freiburg, Germany. It brought together practitioners from different national libraries, library information services as well as a couple of researchers in the domain. The aim of the three-day Hackathon was to work on practical use-cases and real-live challenges stemming from actual collections and legal requirements. In parallel to the hack and experiment sessions, a couple of presentations looked into a wide range of aspects with regards to emulation and related access strategies.
The iPRES conference and with it the workshop "Towards Practical Emulation Tools and Strategies - State of the Art Research Meets Real-World Requirements" in Toronto is finally approaching. The workshop will take place on the first day of the conference on Monday, October 1st. We updated the workshop program and added the different suggested topics from the "call of participation".
Emulation is getting more and more relevant in digital preservation and thus got its first full-day workshop at this years iPRES in Toronto on 1st October. While emulation is now widely accepted as a necessary access strategy, mature software frameworks and workflows are still missing. The workshop provides the opportunity to present latest research results, status quo of emulation application and use cases.
The first OPF webinar ‘Understanding the Value of Preservation Data’ by Dr. David Tarrant, will take place on Wednesday 26 September at 15.00 BST / 16.00 CET.
This webinar will demonstrate techniques for ensuring quality and maturity of preservation data.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to: