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Remote emulation has been a topic in digital preservation for a while. Several approaches to it have been explored and the feasibility of some stable prototype is pretty good. There are several different ways to achieve the separation into a server able to run the complex stuff and a rather simple client mostly limited to […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

19th May 2011  10:57 AM  14354 Reads  No comments

Research Activities and Open Questions at Archives New Zealand At Archives New Zealand we are currently working on a number of digital preservation research activities including: The collation of a sample set of files for use in testing tools and approaches and other digital preservation experiments.  Documenting software applications and environments. Developing an evidence base of […]

By Euan Cochrane, posted in Euan Cochrane's Blog

18th May 2011  11:06 PM  22775 Reads  No comments

Today marks the launch (timed to coincide with mass observation day) of BBC Domesday Reloaded, which both recycles the iconic 1986 BBC Domesday Project and provides a chance to capture a new snapshot of teenies-era UK. It’s brilliant to see Domesday making a comeback and the BBC deserve a lot of credit for revisiting this […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

12th May 2011  10:10 PM  15954 Reads  No comments

On 13 and 14 April 2011 I took part in the UDFR Stakeholder meeting in Washington DC.  The UDFR team had invited around 25 people, mainly from the institutions represented on the UDFR governing body, plus a few others including me, representing the National Archives of the Netherlands and OPF.  The UDFR team presented their progress […]

By Bill Roberts, posted in Bill Roberts's Blog

12th May 2011  10:33 AM  16065 Reads  No comments

We are almost at capacity for the second AQuA Mashup event that will take place in London on the 13th-15th of June. If you are a coder who would like to work on some practical digital preservation challenges with us, or a content owner who can bring along some digital content for us to work […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

11th May 2011  5:09 PM  13269 Reads  No comments

I’ve finally had time to consider David Rosenthal’s response to my argument in favour of format normalisation as a preservation strategy. While I largely agree with his position on format obsolescence (with some caveats I’ll return to in a future post), we do appear to disagree on a more fundamental level – on what it […]

By Andy Jackson, posted in Andy Jackson's Blog

10th May 2011  9:01 AM  16212 Reads  No comments

At Freiburg the software archive has been extended: The abandoned system disks and documentation of Mac OS 7 from 1991 is a good start for a non-X86 branch of operating systems and applications. As the data survey in Archives New Zealand and the legacy of research institutions demonstrate, there is demand for other original software […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

9th May 2011  4:09 PM  13355 Reads  No comments

The idea of migration by emulation assumes the injection of digital objects into their native environments where they can be migrated using environment- and object native applications and the extraction of the resulting migrated objects from the corresponding environments after the process is finished. The injection/extraction requires the usage of containers (like floppy devices), which […]

By Isgandar Valizada, posted in Isgandar Valizada's Blog

4th May 2011  7:56 PM  14526 Reads  No comments

We’ve been working away on defining and solving preservation problems at the 3 day AQuA Mashup event in Leeds. Today we wrapped up some new technical solutions and documented what we learnt. I think its not unrealistic to claim that most of the preservation issues and challenges have actually been centred around pretty straightforward problems. […]

By paul, posted in paul's Blog

13th Apr 2011  8:49 PM  14317 Reads  No comments

After having emulators conceptually established in digital preservation and having proved to run them actually for different original environments, the next logical step is their preparation for main-stream. To deploy emulation in e.g. Migrate workflows is a bit more complex than to wrap a simple converter like ps2pdf but might earn a much wider covering […]

By Dirk von Suchodoletz, posted in Dirk von Suchodoletz's Blog

13th Apr 2011  6:56 PM  15338 Reads  No comments