Emulation as a Service Pilot
Stanford Libraries is a pilot participant in the Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure project (EaaSI). This is an effort let by Yale University Libraries with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation with the goal of developing an open source software framework for emulating and sharing legacy software. The goal of our pilot is to evaluate whether emulation is a viable technology for providing access to library collection materials that can only be rendered using outdated legacy software.
To date the Stanford Emulation as-a-service infrastructure (EaaSI) team has gathered nineteen use cases and this number is growing as we continue our outreach to different schools, departments and disciplines on our campus. Our use cases are diverse and include interactive digital publications from the Stanford University Press, large collections of games and productivity software, and software applications developed by our faculty and students for teaching and research. It’s a large and heterogeneous group of use cases, each providing a unique set of preservation and access challenges that we hope the EaaSI project can begin to address.
The Stanford Libraries team has published blog posts describing a few of our use cases that we have been using to evaluate emulation techonology . To learn more about our emulation pilot please see our blog posts on two of our emulation use cases: The International Monetary Fund Government Finance Statistics CD-ROMs and The Would-Be-Gentleman.