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.