Project revives old software, preserves born-digital’ data

YaleNews — Euan Cochrane, digital preservation manager at Yale University Library discusses their emulation project that will establish a shareable infrastructure, providing on-demand access to old software and recreating the original software environment on a current-day device.

Digital preservationists at Yale University Library are building a shareable emulation as a service” infrastructure to resurrect thousands of obsolete software programs and ensure that the information produced on them will be kept intact and made easily available for future access, study, and use.

Funded through a pair of $1 million grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the project will enable access to at least 3,000 applications, including operating systems, scientific software, office and email applications, design and engineering software, and software for creative pursuits like video editing or music composition.”

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