The Software Preservation Network strives to empower the global community of information stewardship professionals to make decisions about technological infrastructure that are in the best interests of their organizations. Some of our affiliated projects are technologically foregrounded, supporting the advancement of available, open-sourced tooling; SPN members often serve as first round beta testers for software preservation and reuse; and the SPN Technological Infrastructure Working Group is actively working to document and characterize the broad variation in digital infrastructure represented by the software preservation community.
The Technological Infrastructure Working Group is responsible for understanding, comparing and articulating the infrastructural implications of different software preservation and access approaches. This charge may include specifications for computing configurations needed to run common packages used in the preservation environment, or the creation of documentation necessary to make existing software packages more usable. This group is interested in engaging members of the digital preservation ecosystem in experimentation with existing tools for access and preservation of software in an effort to establish a community-driven development roadmap that serves the broadest spectrum of users.
Coordinator: Eric Kaltman, Carnegie Mellon University
Members: Andrew Berger, Computer History Museum; Ashley Blewer, Artefactual Systems; Nick Krabbenhoeft; and Vicky Steeves, New York University
Past Members: Seth Anderson, Yale University; Steve Marks, University of Toronto; Charles Anthony
- Research existing and emerging software preservation infrastructures at cultural heritage institutions
- Identify common strategies and challenges for building software preservation infrastructure
- Synthesize findings from interviews of software preservation practitioners
- Share findings and facilitate discussion with the community via conference presentations and publications
- Share documentation gathered from the software preservation community
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