The Computer History Museum succesfully organized and hosted an international expert panel addressing the topic of software heritage. ten experts from all related fields spent a vibrant afternoon in an invigorating discussion uncovering many aspects of the proposed thematic focus:
- Roberto Di Cosmo, PhD (UNESCO Software Heritage)
- Borut Kumperščak, MSc (Computer History Musem)
- Saša Divjak, PhD (Professor Emeritus Faculty of Computer and Information Science)
- Silvana Žorž, MA (Digital humanist)
- Franc J. Zakrajsek (Urban Planing Institute of the Republic of Slovenia)
- Primož Jakopin, PhD
- Andrej Pančur, PhD (Institute for contemporary history)
- Nataša Milić-Frayling, PhD (founder and CEO Intact Digital Ltd, Professor Emerita, University of Nottingham)
- Matija Šuklje (Senior Legal Council, Liferay)
- Boštjan Špetič (Computer History Museum, Head of Collections)
The goal of the expert panel presentations is to contribute to the understanding of software heritage and continuity challenges as well as help us co-create the guidelines for the preservation of software legacy in Slovenia. In our mapping of the current state of affairs we detected a lack of emphasis on software heritage in key strategic documents of public policies and museum practices in the field of heritage preservation and were faced with the following questions: Which software heritage will we leave for future generations in Slovenia? How to properly preserve software? What are the challenges in the musealization of software? What legal issues can we encounter?, etc.
A publication of panel proceedings is planned for this fall.
The expert panel was co-organized by the Institute for contemporary history and Institute Jožef Stefan. The event was supported by the City of Ljubljana – Mestna občina Ljubljana and the French Cultural Institute in Sovenia (Institut français de Slovénie).