Quarterly Community Forums
The purpose of the Quarterly Community Forums is to bring together colleagues across professional and disciplinary communities to participate in an hour-long discussion on topics related to software curation, preservation and reuse.
In collaboration with strategic partners, the Software Preservation Network produces guides that empower practitioners and organizations to make informed decisions.
About the Guide This guide covers how to make it easier for others to use your software and how to build on the software that others have written. Today, science involves software. And although many scientists understand that their work …Continue Copyright Guide for Scientific Software
About the Guide A Joint Product of the Software Preservation Network and the Cyberlaw Clinic @ the Berkman Klein Center The 1201 exemption for “computer programs” went into effect on October 28, 2018 and will last until October 28th, 2021. …Continue A Preservationists Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation
Software Preservation Network members, affiliated project staff, and backbone staff frequently give presentations to audiences in-person and virtual, large and small. As part of a broader outreach and communication strategy, presentations are one crucial way that SPN can grow the community of practice.
Presentation given at iPRES 2019
Presentation given at the International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES) 2018
Presentation given at Research Data Archiving & Preservation (RDAP) Summit 2018
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 …Continue Preparation and Process: Software Preservation and Emulation for Research Data
Building a Leadership Network Among NDSR Cohorts Panel Discussion, NDSR Symposium, Washington, D.C.
Software Sustainability and Preservation: Implications for Long-term Access to Digital Heritage (p.294), iPRES, Bern, Switzerland
Introduction to the Software Preservation Network, Academic Preservation Trust Member Meeting, Washington, D.C.
“Software Preservation Network: Impact on the University as an Information Preservation Organization“, Archival Education and Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PN.
Presentation given at the 2020 Librarians Building Momentum for Reproducible Research virtual conference.
Presentation at the NYU Institute for Fine Arts’ workshop “Digital Preservation: Caring for Digital Art Objects.”
Panel presentation at Maintainers III in Washington, D.C. in October 2019 featuring perspectives on the materials that have to be maintained around the software in order to make the software meaningful including: research data curation librarian, service provider, legal expert, …Continue Software Curation: Intersection of Policy and Practice
EaaSI presentation given at Open Repositories in Hamburg, Germany in June 2019
Panel presentation at PASIG in Mexico City, Mexico in February 2019 featuring perspectives from different niches in the software curation ecosystem including: software sustinability trainer, software preservation and emulation infrastructure providers, a disciplinary liasion, and a legal expert.
EaaSI presentation at Digital Library Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada in October 2018.
EaaSI presentation given at International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES) in Boston, Massachusetts in September 2018
EaaSI presentation at Research Data Archiving & Preservation Summit in Chicago, Ilinois in March 2018
EaaSI, Episode 4
EaaSI, Episode 3
EaaSI, Episode 1
EaaSI, Episode 2
The Software Preservation Network working groups, affiliated projects, and governance committees produce reports that document the state of the field in different activity areas of software preservation. These reports are issued as authoritative snapshots and include recommendations for further analysis.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and January 2020.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and October 2019.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and July 2019.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and April 2019.
3D/VR Preservation: Drawing on a Common Agenda for Collective Impact Digital curation is now part of the repertoire of all computationally dependent domains, requiring mechanisms for alignment to address common digital curation challenges that are beyond the scope of any …Continue 3D/VR in the Academic Library: Emerging Trends and Practices
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and January 2019.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and October 2018.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing between January 2018 and July 2018.
This report describes the current state of entity data in the Wikidata knowledge base for the domain of computing January, 2018 to April, 2018.
The Curation Ready Software working group endeavors to develop use-case driven guidelines for improving the quality of preserved software given available resources (“curation-readiness”), including expertise, technical infrastructure, and time.The Software Preservation Network’s Curation-ready Software working group endeavors to develop use-case …Continue Exploring Curation-ready Software: Use Cases
This report is a continuation of Exploring Curation-ready Software: Use Cases by Rios et al. (2017) The Software Preservation Network’s Curation-ready Software working group endeavors to develop use-case driven guidelines for improving the quality of preserved software given available resources …Continue Exploring Curation-ready Software: Improving Curation-readiness
In every aspect of the Software Preservation Network’s activities, we strive to abstract away useful and generalizable processes that aid in localized reflection on which activities are possible and in what sequence.
EaaSI Node Leads convened in November 2018 to review the EaaSI beta implementation process, discuss service design for emulation in local organizational contexts, prioritize project activities and review the Participation Agreement drafted in partnership with the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw …Continue In-Person Meeting Exercises
EaaSI Software Collections Inventory is what is sometimes referred to as a Random (or spot) inventory. Random (or spot) inventories are extremely limited in scope. They are primarily used to verify the location of a representative sampling of objects. They …Continue Software Collections Inventory
EaaSI Scenarios for Use & Access asks each Node Host to brainstorm scenarios for use and access they believe will drive the adoption of EaaSI; identify users whose use cases they believe may correspond with the scenarios for use and …Continue Scenarios for (Re)Use & Access
Each Node Host Team was asking to provide 250 words or so that addressed the following questions: Why is software preservation important? What are the advantages to community infrastructure or approaching software + preservation and emulation as a collective action problem? What …Continue Statement of Importance for Software Preservation
EaaSI Scenarios for Use & Access asks each Node Host to brainstorm scenarios for use and access they believe will drive the adoption of EaaSI; identify users whose use cases they believe may correspond with the scenarios for use and …Continue Semi-Structured Interviews
FCoP Scenarios for Use & Access asks each cohort member to articulate potential software (re)use and access scenarios; identify users whose use cases they believe may correspond with the scenarios for use and access that they articulated; and ask participants …Continue Scenarios for (Re)Use & Access
FCoP Project Leads assembled at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA in August 2018. The 2-day In-Person Kick-Off Meeting was an opportunity for cohort members to examine their software preservation projects through the lens of metadata, existing digital curation …Continue In-Person Kickoff Exercises
The purpose of the Soup to Nuts exercise is to revisit your Software & Collection Inventory and Scenarios for Use & Access to determine if those software cases/examples are still the cases/examples that you want to configure and test in …Continue Soup to Nuts: Simulating Software
This purpose of Prioritizing Software is to expose Node Hosts to National Software Reference Library software categories and their contribution to the EaaSI seed library; to provide an overview of the EaaSI software configuration workflow; and to connect the software …Continue Prioritizing Software
This purpose of Prioritizing Features is to encourage Node Hosts to articulate and prioritize possible features for each feature category of the EaaSI system including Search/Discovery Resource Import Environment Configuration Metadata/Description User Management User Interface Network Capabilities Data Management Access …Continue Prioritizing Features
This purpose of the Envisioning Local Services exercise is to help your organization consider the specifics of the local service environment and create a list of short, medium and long-term goals that will help to bring software preservation and emulation …Continue Envisioning Local Services
The purpose of this activity is to think through software metadata in relation to your organizations’ programmatic software collection, curation, preservation and emulation activities. The goal is to determine what types of policy and workflow changes might be needed to …Continue Software Metadata
The purpose of the software collections inventory is to begin to identify the range and scope of software passively or actively collected by your organization.
The purpose of this session is to develop a clearer sense of the project-specific and cohort goals over the next six months.
The purpose of the Scenarios for Use and Access exercise is to articulate potential software (re)use and access scenarios, and to inform/verify your assumptions regarding (re)use and access scenarios by observing an end user.
The goals of this activity is to begin to identify areas/phases/stakeholders that will be impacted by the introduction of programmatic software collection, curation, preservation and emulation activities. We will revisit the results of this activity in several months to compare …Continue Documenting Digital Curation
This purpose of the baseline cost calculator is to capture as much granular information about the costs of software preservation in different organizational contexts as possible – inlcuding start-up costs. We understand that every organization will vary in terms of …Continue Baseline Cost Measurement
The purpose of the Software Preservation Statement of Importance is to faciliate consensus building within an organization on the topic of software reservation and emulation. The goal of the Statement of Importance is to articulate clear understanding of softwar preservation …Continue Software Preservation Statement of Importance
The first goal of this activity is to brainstorm and articulate 2-3 internal advocacy activities that each of you can take home to your organization in order to increase organizational readiness for and participation in software collection, curation, preservation and …Continue Inreach-Outreach
The Software Preservation Bibliography is a living, curated Zotero library of resources, tools, organizations, and research related to software preservation. Help us to expand this resource by adding a reference to the Bibliography.