In 2015 and 2016 LIMA researched the archiving of works of art on CD-ROM on behalf of the Network Digital Heritage (NDE) programme ‘Houdbaar’ (‘Perishable’). In this way LIMA participates in the development of a coherent and sector-specific infrastructure for born-digital heritage.
After previous inquiries about emulation procedures for our collection, LIMA investigated the potential of implementing bwFLA’s Emulation-as-a-Service for online access to the CD-ROM collection. This emulation tool, developed by the University of Freiburg, simplifies access to preserved digital assets and allows end-users to interact with the original environments running on a variety of emulators. Emulation-as-a-Service has a lot of potential but is currently still under development. Therefore, LIMA developed its own CD-ROM emulation procedure, allowing for the consultation of emulated CD-ROM artworks at LIMA, distributing them in ready-to-use packages to other institutions, and producing online documentation that can be consulted by the general public, researchers and curators. This documentation, including a video documenting a work’s interactive behaviour, is an accurate representation of the work and will be distributed online. Similar to the video art collection that is available for preview in the online catalogue, LIMA now offers full access to the CD-ROMs. Kindly contact us to make an appointment to do this. The works have been embedded in preconfigured emulators that allow for direct user access. The research was conducted by Nina van Doren and Alexandre Michaan and will be presented during the NDE expert meeting on software sustainability on 13 June this year.