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Using emulation for the provision of multimedia objects (EMiL)


Continuous technological change is threatening the long term preservation of the content and functionality of digital objects for scientists and researchers. For complex interactive multimedia objects (e.g. multimedia objects, digital works of art, scientific simulations) and the related exacting user demands for authentic provision, the emulation process is much more suitable than migration as a preservation and provision strategy. A great deal of research has already been carried out on migration and it is included as a separate module by a number of preservation repositories, whereas only limited practical experience has been gained in using emulation to provide digital archival objects to users as part of the services of memory institutions. The main aim of the project, therefore, was to evaluate the proposals and components developed in previous emulation research projects, to assess their practicability and to optimise them with in-house developments for the purpose of creating a system which is perfectly adapted to the needs of the memory institutions and their users.

The key features of the EMiL (Emulation of Multimedia Objects in Libraries) provision system are its user-friendliness and high degree of automation. Standardised interfaces to search and long-term preservation systems allow the system to be re-used in other memory institutions.

Project partners

  • Bavarian State Library
  • The Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)
  • German National Library
  • University of Freiburg - IT Services


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Project duration

15 June 2014 - 30 September 2016

Project homepage

Emil-Homepage in the Web Archive of the German National Library

Last update: 22.06.2018

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