Software archives as a vital base for digital preservation strategies

von Suchodoletz, Dirk and Rechert, Klaus and van den Dobbelsteen, Maurice Software archives as a vital base for digital preservation strategies., 2010 . In The 5th International Conference on Open Repositories Madrid Spain 6th - 9th July 2010, Madrid, Spain, 6th - 9th July 2010. [Conference paper]


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Software archives are vital parts in long-term preservation strategies of digital artifacts because almost every digital preservation strategy depends on additional software components. At this point a software archive becomes important. Such a repository should not only store ancient applications and special object dependencies like fonts or required helper tools, but also meta data like operation manuals, license keys and knowledge of operating ancient user environments. This article describes the challenges of establishing and managing software archives and presents a constructive approach which can be integrated in existing preservation frameworks. Furthermore, the suggested approach offers the possibility to interactively ingest software components into the archive and enrich it with sufficient meta data.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: software archive, legal issues, software variants, versions, hardware drivers, operating systems, applications, font sets, codecs, helper tools, handbook, software components
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
L. Information technology and library technology > LJ. Software.
Depositing user: Dirk von Suchodoletz
Date deposited: 09 Jul 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:17


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