National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Emulation

Emulation preserves access to the original computing environment.

The original environment is comprised of the original operating system and the original software application. This requires preservation not only of the original file, but also an emulation specification that contains the complete details of the original environment so that it can be created anew on a future computer.

According to some, it is the only way to ensure that the authenticity and integrity of a digital archival record can be preserved for the long term.