Summer 2022 Community Forum

Building a Video Game Collection: Legal Considerations for Preservation The Software Preservation Network is building momentum in solidarity with several organizations and communities to win an improved exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for video games. Such an exemption …Continue Summer 2022 Community Forum

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EaaSI Training Module #6: Building an EaaSI Network

Intro to Disk Images: During this module, participants will learn about: What are EaaSI “nodes” and how do they communicate with each other? What is OAI-PMH? What happens when I “publish” an EaaSI resource? Questions for Discussion/Reflection In this module …Continue EaaSI Training Module #6: Building an EaaSI Network

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Comments of the Software Preservation Network in re Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions

Comments of the Software Preservation Network in re Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions (1) October 4, 2021 Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations implementing 17 U.S.C. 1506(aa)(1), which directs …Continue Comments of the Software Preservation Network in re Small Claims Procedures for Library and Archives Opt-Outs and Class Actions

Briefs/Filings, Law Posts, News, Resources

SPN Amicus Brief Defends Fair Use in Apple v. Corellium case

On Wednesday, February 16, the Software Preservation Network filed an amicus brief in Apple v. Corellium, a pivotal copyright lawsuit currently on appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Joining SPN on the brief were the Library …Continue SPN Amicus Brief Defends Fair Use in Apple v. Corellium case

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Software Metadata Recommended Format Guide (SMRF)

Abstract The Software Metadata Recommended Format Guide (SMRF) summarizes and defines the metadata elements recommended by the Software Preservation Network to describe software materials in the context of a wide range of collections. It aims to be adaptable, so that …Continue Software Metadata Recommended Format Guide (SMRF)

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EaaSI Training Module #5: Disk Images

Intro to Disk Images: During this module, participants will learn about: What is a disk image? How do disk images relate to Software, Content, and Environment resources in EaaSI? What is the advantage of copy-on-write disk images? Questions for Discussion/Reflection …Continue EaaSI Training Module #5: Disk Images

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September 2021 Community Forum

The September 2021 Community Forum featured a discussion about preservation use cases that have gotten a little less attention than their high profile multimedia cousins – focusing on data reproducibility and historically-situated software. Review notes for the 2021 Software Preservation …Continue September 2021 Community Forum

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EaaSI Training Module #4: Emulation, Virtualization, Containerization

Intro to Emulation, Virtualization, Containerization: During this module, participants will learn about: What is the difference between emulation, virtualization, and containerization? Why does the difference matter for long-term preservation? How, why, and when does the EaaSI platform make use of …Continue EaaSI Training Module #4: Emulation, Virtualization, Containerization

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SPN Signs on to Letter Welcoming US Trade Representative Katherine Tai

In March 2021, the Software Preservation Network, through a proposal from the Law & Policy Working Group approved by the Coordinating Committee, joined a letter to the new US Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, welcoming her and asking her to return …Continue SPN Signs on to Letter Welcoming US Trade Representative Katherine Tai

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Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally (2021 Reflection)

Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally Prepared for the Software Preservation Network by Brandon Butler On April 5, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its opinion on the long-running litigation between Oracle and Google …Continue Google v. Oracle: Takeaways for Software Preservation, Cultural Heritage, and Fair Use Generally (2021 Reflection)

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EaaSI Training Module #3: EaaS|EaaSI Stack

Intro to the EaaS|EaaS Software Stack: During this module, participants will learn about: What are the essential components of the Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) stack? How does the EaaSI platform build on EaaS? Where are EaaSI resources (Environments, Software, Content) stored relative …Continue EaaSI Training Module #3: EaaS|EaaSI Stack

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EaaSI Roundtable #1 (2021): “What We Talk About When We Talk About Emulation”

Summary: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Emulation” is a roundtable discussion featuring Eric Kaltman (California State University Channel Islands), Tracy Popp (University of Illinois), and Fernando Rios (University of Arizona) as guest speakers. You can read more …Continue EaaSI Roundtable #1 (2021): “What We Talk About When We Talk About Emulation”

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EaaSI Training Module #2: Software and Content

Intro to Software and Content Resources: During this module, participants will learn: What is the difference between Software and Content resources? How (and why) does the EaaSI platform treat them differently? Questions for Discussion/Reflection Pick a file in your Downloads …Continue EaaSI Training Module #2: Software and Content

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EaaSI Case Study #1: The Would-Be Gentleman

NOTE: EaaSI Case Studies are formatted based on the FCoP Teaching Case Study template developed by Dr. Amelia Acker and published by the Software Preservation Network in June 2020 as part of the IMLS-funded Fostering Communities of Practice project.  Name …Continue EaaSI Case Study #1: The Would-Be Gentleman

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EaaSI Training Module #1: Emulation Environments

Intro to Emulation Environments During this module, participants will learn about: Why does the EaaSI team refer to emulation and computing “environments”? What is an EaaSI “Environment” resource? What sort of details do we need to describe and maintain environments? …Continue EaaSI Training Module #1: Emulation Environments

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Google v. Oracle Oral Argument: Quick Takeaways for Software Preservation (2020)

Welcome, new readers, to the SPN website! If you’re interested in software preservation and the legal, technical, and social work required to Save Software Together, please take a look at how you can Get Involved and consider joining SPN today! …Continue Google v. Oracle Oral Argument: Quick Takeaways for Software Preservation (2020)

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SPN Budgetary Framework

Overview SPN has a flexible budgetary framework developed by the Membership & Executive Subcommittee in conversation with membership during the 2019-2020 seed-funded period. The framework allows us to adjust the level of activities and member services in response to the …Continue SPN Budgetary Framework

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SPN Resource Publication Policy

Table of Contents: Purpose of this Policy Scope of this Policy Definitions Guiding Principles Publication Oversight Publication Review Process Part I: Review Publication Review Process Part II: Design & Promotion Templates and Documentation Purpose of this Policy Software Preservation Network …Continue SPN Resource Publication Policy

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SPN Working Groups Member and Coordinator Responsibilities

Working Groups The SPN Working Groups reflect the five major activity areas of the Software Preservation Network – areas that SPN believes are critical to accomplishing our mission: metadata, law & policy, technological infrastructure, education & outreach, and research. Working …Continue SPN Working Groups Member and Coordinator Responsibilities

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SPN Working Group Formation and Recruitment Procedure

Purpose and Scope This document outlines the process and roles for forming and recruiting people to SPN working groups. It also defines how working group coordinators are appointed. Details on how to build and execute the recruitment plan are suggested …Continue SPN Working Group Formation and Recruitment Procedure

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