Research and development projects

Preservation virtual machine

 

The method most commonly used to keep data alive today is to migrations which exposes the data to a variety of risks.

To overcome these challenges, Piql is working on two research and development projects to develop a preservation virtual machine. Designed to be stored alongside digitally preserved content on a piqlReel, this virtual machine will have a minimal bootstrap mechanism written in human readable language, allowing future programmers to easily recreate an environment capable of decoding and rendering the stored content.

Therefore, the ambitious but achievable goal of these projects is to provide a working and tested alternative to the endless migration strategy archival institutions are forced to follow today.

These projects target the most commonly used image, document, audio man movie file formats used today (as recommended by the leading archival institutions like the US Library of Congress).

More detailed information and regular updates are available on Github.

Immortal virtual machine (iVM)

 

Support: Eurostars funded (E!12494)
For this project we partnered with the below organisations:

The Norwegian Computing Centre (NR) is a leading research and development institution with extremely high competence in the field of computer science, across various applications. As a non-profit foundation, the service mission of NR is to perform research to serve industry, its partner companies and above all to benefit society as a whole. In iVM, NR will contribute with research and development of state-of-the-art VM for this application.

The National Museum of Norway holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway’s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. They will benefit greatly from the new VM feature and will be key in the dissemination to museums internationally.

Tedial is a leading provider of Media and Content Management solutions designed to maximize business efficiency and profitability. TEDIAL ’s Evolution platform provides international broadcasters and global media companies with the next-generation in MAM and business driven media workflow. TEDIAL has a global footprint and will contribute significantly to the uptake of Piql Services with the new VM feature, as well as for dissemination through their channels into the broadcast and media sector.

VirtuMa

 

Support: Oslofjord Fond
For this project we partnered with the below organisation:

The Norwegian Computing Centre (NR) is a leading research and development institution with extremely high competence in the field of computer science, across various applications. As a non-profit foundation, the service mission of NR is to perform research to serve industry, its partner companies and above all to benefit society as a whole. In iVM, NR will contribute with research and development of state-of-the-art VM for this application.