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Digital Preservation and Curation: The Danger of Overlooking Software

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Preservation of Complex Objects: Volume 1 Visualisations and Simulations
EditorsJanet Delve, David Anderson, Milena Dobreva, Drew Baker, Clive Billeness, Leo Konstantelos
PublisherUniversity of Plymouth
Pages25-35
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-86137-6305
StatePublished - 2012

Abstract

Software is often overlooked when considering the wider requirements for preserving digital outputs. A key challenge in digital preservation is being able to articulate, and ideally prove, the need for preservation. The Software Sustainability Institute in partnership with Curtis+Cartwright Consulting have published a series of outputs to support the sector by raising awareness of software sustainability and preservation issues. This chapter summarises some of the advice set out in the Software Preservation Benefits Framework that has been developed which can help groups understand and gauge the benefits or drawbacks of allocating effort to ensuring that preservation measures are built into processes and to promote actively preserving legacy software. This identifies four key purposes, and seven different approaches, to preserving software. In this way, important software can be preserved for future generations.

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