Greetings Cultural Stewardship Colleagues & Advocates!

After several months of intense development, the Scaling Software Preservation and Emulation-as-a-Service-Infrastructure (EaaSI) Beta has been RELEASED!

To celebrate this program milestone, and to give our communities more information about the EaaSI Beta, we created a four-week blog series. Each week we share a new blog post that takes a deep dive into one major aspect of the beta release including Development, Documentation, Deployment, and Testing.

For our last week, (Week 4 of 4 in the Beta Release Series), we are highlighting EaaSI Beta Testing with a post by Seth Anderson, EaaSI Program Manager: “When we released the beta version of the EaaSI software on March 5, our hope was to learn from putting the software in action. Yes, we wanted to identify bugs and errors in the system, but we also wanted to uncover details, both practical and conceptual, to address in future phases of development and deployment." In his post, Seth describes the EaaSI Beta testing protocol, user workflows, how Nodes communicated the results of their testing (including bug reports), and what we learned as a result. Read Seth’s full post here:


Week 1 of 4 in the Beta Release Series (Development): Klaus Rechert, EaaSI Lead Emulation Architect writes about adapting and improving the EaaS code-base to cope with the challenges and requirements of truly distributed emulation service. Learn more about  publication and replication of emulated computing environments, OAI-PMH metadata exchange, and containerization of emulators in Klaus’s full post:

Week 2 of 4 in the Beta Release Series (Documentation): Ethan Gates, EaaSI Software Preservation Analyst, writes about the meaning of open, shareable documentation in EaaSI including technical documentation, activity templates, blog posts, workflows, presentations and the publication platforms we selected (GitLab and the SPN website). Read Ethan’s full post here:

Week 3 of 4 in the Beta Release Series (Deployment): Mark Suhovecky, Digital Curation Developer at Notre Dame University and member of the Notre Dame Node Host Team details Notre Dame’s experience installing EaaSI in Amazon Web Services including the selection of Elastic Cloud Computer instances, creating security groups, and using Cloud Formation to create a an EaaSI “stack.” Read Mark’s full post here:


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If you have questions for the project team, please contact the EaaSI Community Outreach Lead, Jessica Meyerson, at <jessica[at]educopia[dot]org>.


The EaaSI program builds on previous work to apply the Emulation-as-a-Service(EaaS) framework for access and use of preserved software and digital objects. The project is focused on scaling the technological framework necessary for multiple institutions to configure, share, and access software and configured environments. EaaSI is focused on a distributed, community-driven architecture that sits on top of existing digital preservation infrastructure. This directly complements existing efforts by the Software Preservation Network and others to address key aspects of software preservation including legal advocacy, research about local software preservation needs, institutional capacity building for software preservation, collection development, professional development and training, and workflow recommendations.

Thank you all for reading!

Enjoy a strong finish to your week!

Kind Regards,

Jessica (on behalf of the EaaSI Team)

Jessica Meyerson
Research Program Officer | Educopia Institute

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