Dr Klaus Rechert and Dr Dirk von Suchodoletz  from University of Freiburg will present a talk about emulation as a cloud service.

Date: 3 October 2014  Time: 1pm

Place: Teletheatre, IS & T Building (building 47, car park 15), Flinders University

Dr Klaus Rechert is currently the project manager of the DFG-LIS project, a two-year project sponsored by the German Science Foundation (DFG). This project and its predecessor bwFLA, supported by the state Baden-Württemberg, both aim at leveraging emulation for access and migration tasks in digital preservation.

In 2006 Klaus received the EXIST-Seed scholarship sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. In 2007-2008 Klaus was an open source software developer on the MING-project, sponsored by Lulu.com Inc. Raleigh, NC and OpenMediaNow Foundation, Rollinsville, CO. During 2008-2010 he was a software engineer on the PLANETS EU-FP6 project. In 2010 Klaus was a guest lecturer at Malta College of Art, Science & Technology. From October 2010 to March 2011 he was a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan.

Klaus studied Computer Science and Economics at the University of Freiburg and was awarded a PhD at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in 2013.

Dr Dirk von Suchodoletz is a lecturer and principal researcher at the chair in Communication Systems at the Institute for Computer Science at Freiburg University.

Dirk received his Ph.D. in computer science at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in 2008 on ”Requirements for emulation as a long-term preservation strategy”.  From 2006 to 2010 he was involved in the EU-funded project PLANETS.

Currently he participates in the ”bwFLA” project on emulation based workflows with the goal of defining and providing a practical implementation of archival workflows for the rendering of digital objects in its original environment.


Emulation As A Service

Emulation as a strategy for digital preservation is about to become an accepted technology for memory institutions as a method for coping with a large variety of complex digital objects. Hence, the demand for ready-made and especially easy-to-use emulation services will grow. In order to provide user-friendly emulation services a scalable, distributed system model is required to be run on heterogeneous Grid or Cluster infrastructures.

The Emulation-as-a-Service (EaaS) architecture simplifies access to preserved digital assets allowing end users to interact with the original environments running on different emulators. Ready-made emulation components provide a flexible web service API allowing for development of individual and tailored digital preservation workflows.

The talk and discussion will present the bwFLA EaaS framework, a range of possible applications such as the curation of digital art or the preservation of access to (academic) research environments and data. Technological challenges, automation as well as cost issues will be discussed.

Everyone is welcome. I look forward to seeing you there.

Denise de Vries