Editors’ Choice: Emulation & Virtualization as Preservation Strategies

Recent developments in emulation frameworks make it possible to deliver emulations to readers via the Web in ways that make them appear as normal components of Web pages. This removes what was the major barrier to deployment of emulation as a preservation strategy. Barriers remain, the two most important are that the tools for creating preserved system images are inadequate, and that the legal basis for delivering emulations is unclear, and where it is clear it is highly restrictive. Both of these raise the cost of building and providing access to a substantial, well-curated collection of emulated digital artefacts beyond reach.If these barriers can be addressed, emulation will play a much greater role in digital preservation in the coming years.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Joshua Catalano based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Julia Bourbois, Rebecca Napolitano, Nathaniel Deines, Jennifer Rogers, Danae Tapia, Leigh Bonds, Covadonga Lamar, John Matson, and Vanessa Stone