The “collections as data” initiative centers user communities and use cases in discussions about collection development. This episode highlights research use cases for software collections, and explores whether and how the “collections as data” approach is a useful response to the unique challenges of collecting, preserving and providing access to software.

Discussion Questions:
  • How does software factor in to your research? How do you utilize software as data/as a research object?
  • What are the unique qualities of software as data/as a research object?
  • How/Where do you access the software you have used in your research?
  • Do you think that the practice of creating/writing software is a requirement for the study of software as a research object?
  • Which “Collections as Data” tools/documentary methods (position statements, facets, personas) have the greatest impact potential for software preservation efforts?


Andrea Altenbach (Studio Gang)


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Preferred citation:

Software Preservation Network. Digital Preservation Coalition. (2018, May 9). Episode 3: Software (Re)Use Cases. Software Preservation Network.