SPN Forum

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Date/Time:
8am – 5pm, Monday, August 1, 2016
Location:
Georgia State University, Student Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Keywords:
information studies; archival enterprise; digital curation; conservation; software studies; preservation; community infrastructure; action-research; software-dependence; software licensing; participatory design; distributed digital preservation networks; legal frameworks; governance; sustainability

Forum Theme:
“Action Research: Empowering the Cultural Heritage Community and Mapping Out Next Steps for Software Preservation”

The forum’s theme, “Action Research: Empowering the Cultural Heritage Community and Mapping Out Next Steps for Software Preservation” reflects the mission of the Software Preservation Network (SPN) to solicit community input and build consensus around future steps for a national strategy for software preservation.

The SPN project team believes that the practice of critical reflection around software preservation must incorporate members from complementary domains to actively participate in a coordinated effort to develop a sustainable, national strategy for proprietary software licensing and collection – pulling heavily from the collective, lived experience and expertise of researcher-practitioners in software development, law, archives, libraries, museums, and other domains.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Research findings regarding the current software preservation landscape and implications for future work
  • Current collaborations/consortial efforts
  • Legal/policy aspects of software preservation
  • Preservation efforts
  • Emulated or virtualized access options
  • Organizational structures that have worked for other multi-institutional initiatives that may work for software preservation
  • Actionable next steps at the consortial and local/institutional levels