Open Source Community KDE supports Persist software platform

At the end of July, UNESCO's project for digital sustainability, PERSIST, was presented at the annual conference of the Open Source Community KDE, that took place in A Coruña, Spain. KDE is an international team co-operating on development and distribution of Free, Open Source Software (FOSS) for desktop and portable computing.

At this ‘Akademy’-conference, Jos van den Oever, a member of the PERSIST Technology Taskforce presented the ideas behind PERSISTThe KDF community reacted enthusiastically to the idea for a platform for antique software that this task force is developing and offered to develop in 2016, when KDF celebrates its 20th anniversary, some of the virtual machines that should form part of the PERSIST Software Platform. The experts also suggested to develop other software that the Platform will need.

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Digital information is difficult to preserve over longer periods of time. Carriers like hard disks have a short life span, and even if one manages to keep the bits and bytes, the risk that current hard- and software is unable to process the old data is very real. Archives, museums and libraries are acutely aware of these problems, yet they cannot find solutions on their own. The UNESCO PERSIST Project stimulates the debate between these institutions, government and the ICT-industry in order to promote digital sustainability. In its first phase PERSIST was coordinated by the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.

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