Communication, reflection, and documentation are essential to fostering communities of practice. Throughout the duration of the project, the FCoP researchers, project coordinators, and cohort produced a wide range of blog posts, recaps, and other reflections on their software preservation and emulation work. These stories were disseminated through the FCoP project site, Software Preservation Network newsletters, and in conversations and publications in other places.
The University of Virginia Library was interested in the Fostering a Community of Practice grant from the Software Preservation Network as a way to further develop and test our born digital archiving and preservation workflows for software and software-dependent digital …Continue FCoP 2020 Cohort Reflections: University of Virginia
Like many institutions of higher education, the University of Arizona (UA) is currently evaluating ways to mitigate the significant economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by finding ways to cut costs across all areas of the research enterprise. These include …Continue FCoP 2020 Cohort Reflections: University of Arizona
Involvement with the FCoP cohort has afforded and required prioritization of my attention and resources to closely engage with software preservation and emulation concerns. Our institution is steadily acquiring born-digital collections some of which include content created in complex, domain-specific …Continue FCoP 2020 Cohort Reflections: University of Illinois
“I will be graduating with my degree in Computer Science at the end of this year. My junior design project is actually sourced around being able to use technology to connect medical mission trips to areas like Haiti and Vietnam …Continue FCoP 2020 Cohort Reflections: Georgia Tech
As the project lead for the University of Arizona FCoP project team, I’ve realized that preserving and providing access to software is a lot like a jigsaw puzzle for three reasons: 1) it takes (a lot of) time to put …Continue FCoP 2019 Cohort Reflections: University of Arizona
retroTECH is a service and a lab space in the Georgia Tech Library. Our mission is to inspire a culture of long-term thinking, hands-on access to technological heritage, and individual agency over personal histories, archives, and data. It’s also a …Continue FCoP 2019 Cohort Reflections: Georgia Tech
Staff from the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign joined the “Fostering a Community of Practice: Software Preservation” cohort for the opportunity to focus on continued development on preservation of and access to born digital collections held in …Continue FCoP 2019 Cohort Reflections: University of Illinois
The Solomon R. Guggenheim conservation department joined the “Fostering a Community of Practice: Software Preservation” cohort to look at documentation and metadata practices for computer-based artworks. Involvement in FCoP falls under the museum’s ongoing Conserving Computer-based Art initiative (CCBA) with …Continue FCoP 2019 Cohort Reflections: Guggenheim Museum
Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM+L) joined the Fostering a Community of Practice: Software Preservation cohort for the opportunity to test the Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) tool in our museum setting. LCM+L’s original project goal was to integrate a few of our …Continue FCoP 2019 Cohort Reflections: Living Computers: Museum + Labs
University of Virginia: Keeping Software Present with Emulation in the Archives It’s been a few months since my last fieldwork visit for the FCoP project! In August, I was hosted by cohort team member Lauren Work at the UVA Library. …Continue Field Report #5: University of Virginia
Second Site Visit: GeorgiaTech Hi y’all, In July I visited the Georgia Tech Library’s Retrocomputing Lab also known as retroTECH! Located in the Special Collections and Archives unit, this lab’s mission is focused on supporting the Georgia Tech campus community in …Continue Field Report #4: GeorgiaTech retroTECH
First Site Visit: LCM+L Two weeks ago I visited the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle, Washington. LCM+L is a computing technology museum that features an impressive collection of early working computers from the late twentieth century, including a super computer, …Continue Field Report #3: Living Computers: Museum + Labs
Hello friends In preparation for my first field site visit next week for the FCoP project I’m gathering supplies, resources, and tips for the next few months of visits and synthesis. For this research project, I’m going to try a …Continue Field Report #2: Methods, preparation, and tools
Hi Y’all Today I am excited to share with you my first field report as the designated FCoP researcher with updates about kicking off fieldwork this summer. Before I jump into some updates about my research fieldwork, I wanted to describe what …Continue Field Report #1: IRB Approval and Planning Site Visits
About Dr. Acker Amelia Acker (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is an assistant professor in the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on the emergence, standardization, and preservation of new forms of data …Continue Field Report: Introducing Dr. Amelia Acker
Wrap Up and Release of Workflows, Templates, Teaching Materials, Research Outcomes, Priorities for Action, and More! Now that the Fostering Communities of Practice (FCoP) project has officially wrapped, we are proud to present the rich suite of resources and documentation …Continue FCoP Update June – July 2020
Capstone meeting On April 27th, the FCoP cohort leads, research fellow (Amelia Acker, PhD), and project staff convened for the culminating final meeting of the project to share lessons-learned and begin exploring an agenda for future work within the broad …Continue FCoP Update April – May 2020
Outreach and Advocacy International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) We initially announced acceptance of FCoP cohort proposals to IDCC and Code4Lib 2020 in our November – October 2019 update and both events took place in the last two months. IDCC took …Continue FCoP Update February – March 2020
Where to connect with FCoP Cohort members? A friendly reminder that you can find members of the FCoP cohort at IDCC in February facilitating the “Preparation and Process: Software Preservation and Emulation for Research Data” workshop (Tracy Popp @ University …Continue FCoP Update December 2019 – January 2020
FCoP Reflections Blog Post Series: Continuing our FCoP Reflections Blog Post Series, we are happy to share posts from Georgia Tech and University of Illinois: Wendy Hagenmaier of Georgia Tech writes about skunkworks in the library, building bridges between data …Continue FCoP Update October-November 2019
FCoP Reflections Blog Post Series: In our last STACKTRACE update, we announced the kick-off of the FCoP Reflections Blog Post Series running August through May 2020 (the end of the FCoP grant). We are excited to share our first two …Continue FCoP Update August-September 2019
New Reflections Blog Post Series: From August through May 2020 (the end of the FCoP grant), we’ll feature 1-2 blog posts per month from different cohort members. These posts are reflections on their experience so far and will address questions …Continue FCoP Update June – July 2019
FCoP Cohort Activity Cohort Documentation In February, the FCoP cohort participants compiled a list of external resources they have used, consulted, or otherwise employed in their course of their individual FCoP projects. FCoP External Resources reflects the wide range of tasks and …Continue FCoP Update February – March 2019
FCoP Cohort Activities Emulation Sandbox Testing With the FCoP projects well under way at 6 different locations across the country, many groups are engaging with the complexities of software emulation and the EaaS platform since September 2018. The cohort shares …Continue FCoP Update Nov 2018-Jan 2019
Henry Zhu talks to Jonathan Farbowitz from the Guggenheim on this episode of the Maintainers Anonymous podcast.
Henry Zhu talks to Wendy Hagenmaier from Georgia Tech on this episode of the Maintainers Anonymous podcast.
Other Stories and Press
Emulation in the Archives Website: as part of their FCoP project, the University of Virginia team held a free open workshop on software preservation and emulation of born digital materials.
Emulation in the Archives recap: blog post by Brenna Edwards, Project Digital Archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University, describing and recapping the University of Virginia’s Emulation in the Archives workshop.
Guggenheim restores “Unfolding Object”: blog post describing the complexities inherent in emulating computer-based artworks, in the context of the restoration and preservation of John F. Simon, Jr’s Unfolding Object.