Remember those early days of computer games and consoles? Keeping digital ‘treasures’ like Super Mario and Pacman for posterity is a huge technical challenge. And the same issues apply to the high-end business software of yesteryear. But thanks to an EU-funded project, we now have tools that will enable access to obsolete software long into the future.
Thanks to the systematic activities of libraries, museums and national archives, much of our digital heritage is well preserved. Many copies of legacy software, from early video games to high-end professional software suites, have been collected as artefacts of the digital age.