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Keeping Emulation Environments Portable

Project description

Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning KEEP creates portable emulators enabling access to and use of digital objects stored on outdated media. The technology is being tested on early computer games.

KEEP is developing an Emulation Access Platform enabling the accurate rendering of objects produced on obsolete machines, so that they can be securely accessed in the long term. The project is thus addressing the problems related to transferring digital objects stored on outdated computer media (such as floppy discs) to current storage devices in order to reduce the risk of data loss resulting from technical obsolescence.

The KEEP emulation tools will be flexible enough to handle both static and dynamic digital objects designed for a wide variety of computer systems: text, sound, and image files; multimedia documents, websites, databases, videogames etc.

Research involves the specification of file formats and the production of transfer tools exploited within the framework, and the consideration of possible legal and technical issues.

Being aware of the fact that emulation software itself is prone to digital obsolescence, the KEEP consortium plans to create a portable platform that can be run on any possible device and be implemented to future computer systems. The emulation framework will also be distributed as open-source software so that the emulation community as a whole can contribute to its further development.

In addition to producing a software package, the project will improve understanding about how to integrate emulation-based solutions with an operational electronic deposit system. Existing metadata models will be researched and guidelines will be developed for mapping digital objects to emulated manifestations. Through this work, KEEP aims at creating a foundation for the next generation of permanent access strategies based on emulation.

Although primarily aimed at stakeholders in cultural heritage, such as memory institutions and (computer games) museums, the Emulation Access Platform should also be able to serve the needs of a wider range of organisations and individuals.

Intermediate Results

  • During the first two years, the project team has undertaken research into media carriers and available transfer tools, and into the state-of-the-art in emulation. Also, a user requirements analysis was carried out in the National libraries of France, Germany and the Netherlands, and a design has been formulated for creating flexible, user-friendly emulation services, media carriers and media transfer tools. 
  • Furthermore, an investigation was carried out into the potential legal issues arising when copying information from original data carriers, and a study about metadata standards and approaches in Europe has been produced.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/radio and television
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-3
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE
Address
Quai Francois Mauriac 11
75013 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 242 720
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Freyre (Ms.)

Participants (8)

CROSS CZECH A.S.

Participation ended

Czechia
EU contribution
€ 207 200
Address
Vaclavske Namesti 808/66
110 00 Praha 1
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Romana Krížová (Ms.)
DEUTSCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 176 160
Address
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reinhard Altenhöner (Mr.)
FOERDERVEREIN FUER JUGEND UND SOZIALARBEIT E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 200
Address
Marchlewskistrasse
10243 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Lange (Mr.)
JOGUIN
France
EU contribution
€ 919 000
Address
Avenue De Vignate
38610 Gieres
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Christian Jean-Yves Joguin (Mr.)
KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 170 100
Address
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5
2595 BE Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jeffrey van der Hoeven (Mr.)
EUROPEAN GAMES DEVELOPER FEDERATION EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 40 680
Address
Anckargripsgatan
21119 Malmö
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Malte Behrmann (Mr.)
TESSELLA LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 499 661
Address
The Quadrant Abingdon Science Park 26
OX14 3YS Abingdon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Keen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 744 020
Address
Winston Churchill Avenue University House
PO1 2UP Portsmouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Bartle (Dr.)