Emulation is now a practical strategy for preservation and access of software and digital objects in stewarding research data collections. A growing software preservation community is defining good/best practice and developing open source tools that utilize emulation as a central component of software preservation and digital access workflows. The Scaling Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) program of work led by Yale University and the Fostering a Community of Practice in Software Preservation (FCoP) (IMLS grant RE-95-17-0058-17) project led by CalPoly University, affiliated efforts of the Software Preservation Network (SPN), are both focused on the scalability of software preservation, emulation services and the integration of these practices into in varying operational contexts.
The EaaSI program of work is developing a scaleable suite of services that enable easy access to research computing environments and builds on existing open scholarly infrastructure including open repository frameworks, Wikidata, 2 | Title (short form) Open Science Framework, and the Software Heritage archive. EaaSI services allow researchers, peer reviewers, and publishers to verify the replicability or reproducibility of existing work.
Running in parallel to EaaSI, the FCoP project cohort is attempting to understand what capacity building for software preservation looks like within and across different types of cultural stewardship organizations. Cohort participants have documented the impact of software preservation activities on each stage of the data curation lifecycle: description (“What additional metadata is required to enable long-term meaningful reuse of software and software-dependent objects?”), preservation planning (“How do my agreements, policies and workflows need to change to enable both software preservation and emulation?”), community watch & participation (“Which software preservation and emulation activities have to take place locally, and reflect the unique organizational context v. which activities are better suited at the consortial level?”), and curation & preservation (“How do I approach curation activities differently if my organization wants to undertake software preservation and emulation services?”).
During this workshop, leaders and participants from both projects will present concepts in a way that fosters attendee engagement through demonstrations, use case examples and hands-on exercises that convey technical knowledge about emulation services and encourage organizational reflection, policy development, and capacity-building. EaaSI and FCoP facilitators will provide real-world examples of emulation at their organizations. The workshop will empower participants to envision ways that software preservation and emulation impact their current and future work.
Our intended audience is anyone who is curious about the work of software preservation and emulation in a research data curation context, whether they are new to the topic or have started to investigate this approach within their own institutions. Collaborative software preservation and emulation services as exemplified through the Scaling Emulation and Software Preservation Infrastructure (EaaSI) enable broader access and use of preserved software and software-dependent digital objects. This collaborative model may lower access barriers to emulated environments which require significant resource investment that many smaller or under-resourced organizations may not have. Through the FCoP Cohort model, documentation and example workflows representing a wide range of collections and communities may also encourage and support collection managers working in under-resourced institutions to undertake access through emulation and surface digital collections which may otherwise remain inaccessible.
|8:30 – 09:00||Registration and Arrival Coffee||Hogan Mezzanine (Level 4)|
|09:00 – 10:30||Workshop 1: Overview of Software Preservation and Emulation in a Research Data Context||Hogan Mezzanine 1 (Level 4)|
|10:30 – 11:00||AM Coffee/Tea Break||Hogan Mezzanine (Level 4)|
|11:00 – 12:30||Workshop 1: Use Cases and Demonstrations||Hogan Mezzanine 1 (Level 4)|
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch||Hogan Mezzanine (Level 4)|
|13:30 – 15:00||Workshop 1: Envisioning Future Services for Software Preservation and Emulation||Hogan Mezzanine 1 (Level 4)|
|15:00 – 15:30||PM Coffee/Tea Break||Hogan Mezzanine (Level 4)|
|15:30 – 17:00||Workshop 1: Report-Outs and Wrap Up||Hogan Mezzanine 1 (Level 4)|
- Present concepts in a way that fosters attendee engagement through demonstrations, use case examples and hands-on exercises that
- Convey technical knowledge about emulation services
- Encourage organizational reflection, policy development, and capacity-building
- Share experiences across the Fostering Communities of Practice and Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation project cohorts – including providing real-world examples of emulation at their organizations.
- Empower colleagues in research data management and curation to envision ways that software preservation and emulation impact their current and future work.
- Engage a broader set of stakeholders in thinking through our capacity to support software preservation at the organizational and consortial levels
- Understand the current barriers to participation in software preservation and emulation
- Facilitate hands-on learning about emulation
- Awareness of FCoP and EaaSI project goals and deliverables
- Understanding of how software preservation and emulation fit into your organization’s curation goals – what activities make more sense for organizations to tackle and what activities make more sense to focus on consortially
- Resources and actionable next steps for pursuing discussions regarding software curation within your research, practice and/or organization
- Check out the Scaling Emulation as a Service Infrastructure (EaaSI) program description, documentation, blog posts/news, public sandbox: https://www.softwarepreservationnetwork.org/eaasi/
- Check out the Fostering Communities of Practice in Software Preservation and Emulation (FCoP) project descriptions, blog posts/news and research field reports: https://www.softwarepreservationnetwork.org/fcop/