[SIGCIS-Members] You're Invited: The 87% Missing Report and Digital Preservation Advocacy

Jessica Farrell jess.farrell at educopia.org
Fri Sep 29 08:53:52 PDT 2023

Register here!

While the video game industry and cultural heritage institutions agree that
video games should be preserved for both entertainment and study, there is
disagreement about whether the commercial market preempts the need for
libraries, museums, and archives to expand their preservation activities.
To better inform these discussions, the Video Game History Foundation
<https://gamehistory.org/> and Software Preservation Network
<https://www.softwarepreservationnetwork.org/> gathered evidence about what
portion of historical games are actually still in commercial distribution.
They believe this is the first major study
<https://gamehistory.org/87percent/> to analyze the availability rates for
a broad sample of historical games in this manner. The results are stark:
Only 13 percent of classic video games published in the United States are
currently in release (n = 1500, ±2.5%, 95% CI). These low numbers are
consistent across platform ecosystems and time periods. Troublingly, the
reissue rate drops below 3 percent for games released prior to 1985—the
foundational era of video games.

Join this talk hosted by the Open Preservation Foundation
<https://openpreservation.org/> and featuring Software Preservation Network
volunteers Phil Salvador, Library Director at the Video Game History
Foundation and Kendra Albert, Clinical Instructor from the Harvard Cyberlaw
Clinic to discuss the report’s findings and the possibilities of using this
research method and approach to advocate for both resourcing the
preservation of, and shaping the law around, other types of at-risk
archival material.

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 20:00 UTC | Check your time here

Where: Register Here

Jess Farrell | she/her/hers
Community Facilitator <https://educopia.org/bitcurator-edu/>
Software Preservation Network <https://www.softwarepreservationnetwork.org/>
and BitCurator Consortium <https://bitcuratorconsortium.org/>
Educopia Institute
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