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wondering what emulation as a local community service would look like

I've often joked about needing a Home Floppy Day event on the level of Home Movie Days, and thinking that my goal for next year's WDPD should be to put something like that together

@The_BFOOL I know people in the nordic C64 scene has done modern preservation focused swap-meets at demo parties, where they take in peoples old (pirate) floppy collections and image them for them.

@duffadash right, things like this, but taken even more broadly. that is, in the year 2022, dedicated C64/AppleII/DOS/whatever communities are to a large degree self-selected, which still leaves a massive amount of personal/private digital material out there. where are the places we can bring the expertise rather than asking folks to come to the experts

@duffadash (just questioning/musing here, and probably largely influenced by an American perspective where we have a severe lack of public spaces and services as a model or thing people participate in)

@The_BFOOL That is a good point. Would it be possible to advertise it as a service at public libraries, maker spaces, community, second-hand stores, churches and even retirement clubs across the US? Flyers and newsletters with the option of "let us 'digitize' your old floppies before they die for good"?

@duffadash @The_BFOOL DCPL Memory Lab IMLS Grant which focuses on digipres tools and programs in public libraries. Most public interest is in the AV resources but other obsolete media as well. memorylabnetwork.github.io/abo

@algeebraten @duffadash yes!!! I am honored that Siobhan invited me to give a couple of MLN webinars 🤗

including one on emulation, but I'd love to take it a step further from "here's some guidance on how this works, resources to explore, breakdown of gatekeeping terminology" etc etc and really dig into step-by-step processes for fitting it into Memory Lab-type workflows, events, equipment. including portable/mobile models like Indigitization.

@The_BFOOL @algeebraten @duffadash Great ideas! I'd be up to help out on a home floppy day or something like this if it's in MA. We've gotten sporadic use of our digital media kits but I think an event would be really fun/have more uptake libguides.mit.edu/digmediatran

@The_BFOOL I think it looks at least something like RADD and PROUD. (Not PRAVDA, that one's for A/V.)

@dsalo yes!!! so much work done in the memory lab space to build off of

@The_BFOOL I'm gonna be invited to the opening of an A/V lab in a small public library in the spring. Gonna bring 'em a 3.5 floppy drive as a present.

@The_BFOOL at the specific time of this post I was answering a co-worker's questions about if and how to keep old games on optical media 〰️

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