Supporting Software Preservation Services in Research and Memory Organizations identifies concepts, skill sets, barriers, and future directions related to software preservation work. Although definitions of “software” can vary across preservation contexts, the study found that there appears to be wide support for inter-organizational collaboration in software preservation. The report includes 13 recommendations for broadening representation in the field, defining the field, networking and community building, informal and formal learning, and implementing shared infrastructures and model practices.
The report is the result of research launched in 2019 by SPN’s Research-in-Practice Working Group. The authors are Jessica G. Benner, of Carnegie Mellon University; Seth Erickson of the University of California, Santa Barbara; Wendy Hagenmaier, of Georgia Tech; Monique Lassere, of Harvard University while conducting research on this report; Christa Williford, of CLIR; and Lauren Work, of the University of Virginia. It was co-published with support and cooperation from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).