Episode 5: Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation

This episode will explore current programmatic and project based initiatives to create the processes and infrastructure that will support a growing number of software (re)use cases/organizational users. Guests will highlight challenges and opportunities associated with scaling an institutional software preservation program, as well as scaling software preservation across institutions.

Episode 4: Software in Digital/Scholarly Communications

This episode provides an overview of scholarly communication practices as they relate to software preservation and citation within contemporary scholarly research methods. Attention is paid to evolving and changing practices in a variety of institutional settings (e.g. post-secondary institutions , GLAMs, nonprofits), and to the need for disciplinary responsiveness in publication and citation practices.

Episode 6: Overview of Current Trends and Their Legal Implications

This episode provides an overview of copyright and other legal considerations surrounding software preservation, sharing and reuse. Guests explore the “square peg, round hole” relationship between software and copyright; and examine differences in intellectual property regimes between the United Kingdom and the United States including copyright, fair use, fair dealing and technological protection exemptions for software preservation.

Episode 3: Software (Re)Use Cases

The “collections as data” initiative centers user communities and use cases in discussions about collection development. This episode highlights research use cases for software collections, and explores whether and how the “collections as data” approach is a useful response to the unique challenges of collecting, preserving and providing access to software.

Episode 2: Software Collection Development

This episode reviews existing software collections and the users of those collections. In order to better capture current efforts in collecting software, Research & Facilitation Lead, Anne-Marie Trepanier, provides different collection profiles and the set of features that characterize each of them. Through round-table discussion, guests explore how collection development policies and strategies for existing collections impact community goals of sharing and reuse.

Episode 1: Software Preservation Overview

The Software Preservation Webinar Series provides a survey of software preservation contexts. Each episode explores a different software preservation context by providing an overview, discussion with guest speakers (specialists in digital preservation, software studies, scholarly communication, open source software and more) and open discussion with attendees. The webinar is jointly hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Software Preservation Network. This introductory episode will provide an overview of software preservation efforts past and present.