NISO Webinar: Software Preservation and Use: I Saved the Files But Can I Run Them?

Date: May 13, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

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The digitization of resources can provide expanded access to information as well as a preservation mechanism for now-fragile materials. Preserving the digital copy of the resource is an issue now being addressed, but what about the software used to create digital files? How can software on media which can no longer be read -- or no longer be read easily -- be preserved? If that software can’t be accessed, what happens to the material created by, and only read by, that software?

Progress has been made in formulating standards for the preservation and description of digital materials and a framework for addressing digital item preservation has been proposed. Despite, however, meetings such as the Library of Congress’ “Preserving.exe: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software,” no formal standard or framework yet exists for software digitization and preservation. This webinar will feature three presenters who will speak on aspects of software digitization and preservation, including a how-to approach (technical aspects), a metadata component, and observations from the field as part of the continuing discussion on the state of the field and the need for standardization.

Topics and speakers are:

• Software artifacts: Migration and Emulation – Michael Lesk, Professor of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University

• Emulation in practice: Emulation as a Service at Yale University Library: Lessons learnt and plans for the future – Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager, Yale University Library


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on May 13. Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students.

NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed here: If you would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as part of membership, information on joining is listed here:

All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year. Visit the event webpage to register and for more information:

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