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Emulation at Harvard Library

Monday, April 15, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Online, Library staff only, Presentation,

Please join us for a presentation on software preservation and emulation for Harvard Library collections. RSVP to receive a calendar invitation with a Zoom link for the event. This presentation will be recorded for colleagues that cannot attend.

All digital information is available to human users only through software mediation. Emulation is a technology that allows older, if not obsolete, software to run in a contemporary computer environment. Without recourse to emulation, much data would become lost when its necessary software is no longer viable due to technical evolution or business reprioritization. Emulation is also important to preserve the human experience of interacting with data, often in a highly dynamic or immersive manner. Since 2021, Harvard Library has been an institutional member of the Software Preservation Network and has piloted Yale University’s Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) platform to investigate re-use of software and software-dependent materials in Harvard's collections. 

Yale’s EaaSI team will co-host this presentation, where attendees will:

  • Learn about software preservation and emulation as concepts
  • Watch a demonstration of EaaSI and hear about the product roadmap
  • Discover applications for emulation, including the pilot projects at the Graduate School of Design, Houghton Library, and the Center for Astrophysics 
  • Find out how to learn more and get involved

Please direct any questions or requests about accessibility or other concerns to Tricia Patterson.

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Event Organizer

Catherine Blatz