$30 – $60

Using Emulators to Resurrect Recovered Data

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METRO Library Council

599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10036

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You've preserved data from legacy media only to find that access depends on outdated software. Now what?

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Emulation is commonly associated with video game consoles and questionable internet download sites. But the same technology can be a powerful tool for overcoming legacy software and hardware dependencies hidden in digital collections.

This workshop will take METRO’s Media Migration and Recovery Services as a jumping-off point: what if you get your data off an old floppy, CD-ROM, hard drive, but still can’t use the files because they depend on decades-old software? What if the files lose data or don’t look right when converted or opened in a modern format? Emulation can help by recreating the whole computing environment your data was originally intended for.

Attendees will be walked through the basic concepts, components and process of setting up emulators to authentically present and interact with legacy data. We will also introduce ongoing cutting-edge efforts by the Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) program and the Software Preservation Network to make emulation more accessible to all.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the anatomy of a computer and the necessary components to create “virtual machines”
  • Be familiar with common emulation applications
  • Be aware of benefits, use cases, and current solutions for emulating software-dependent digital materials in libraries, archives, personal digital collections, etc.

This workshop will be led by Ethan Gates, Software Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation Services, Yale University Library and Claire Fox, NYU-MIAP.

Program Track: Technology, Digital Preservation

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