Most modern activities are dependent in some way or another on a dense network of software and its related technical dependencies. In order to ensure continued access to human knowledge production it is imperative that software preservation become a significant and embedded societal practice. Without a concerted, collaborative effort to maintain, archive, and reveal software data and development practices we run the risk of losing a significant amount of humanity’s history. One significant means of software preservation is emulation, but an emulation solution, at scale, requires more resources than any single institution could reasonably support. The EaaSI project, in gathering use cases from institutions with different collections and collecting priorities, provides an expanding supportive network not possible through monolithic approaches.

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