Publishing and Replicating Resources

What resources can be published to the network?

Environments are the only type of resource that can currently be published and shared between EaaSI nodes. (Software can/must be shared by first installing it into an Environment and then publishing the Environment)

Also, this does not apply to Content Environments.:term:Content and associated Content Environments are assumed to be collection items, unique to each node/institution, and therefore potentially subject to different terms of access, licensing, etc. than the software we are preserving and sharing under the guidelines of fair use.

Each node is responsible for determining terms of access to their Content and Content Environments, within the tools provided by EaaSI.

What resources should be published?

Warning

Once published to the network, removing or deleting an environment may have severe technical repercussions, since users at other nodes may have generated derivatives from that environment, which would break.

Nodes and users are advised to use the beta testing period to consider how to design and enforce local workflows for publishing resources, given these technical restrictions.

When selecting Environments to share with the rest of the network, EaaSI users and admins can consider questions posed by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation:

  • Did you lawfully acquire your copy of the software included in the environment?
  • Is the software still reasonably available in the commercial marketplace?
  • Are there any limitations present in donation or acquisition agreements that might preclude fair use?
  • What license(s) was the software distributed under?

The resources and environments provided by Yale University Library will hopefully provide illustrative examples for the type of content that might be appropriate to share, but this will also be an ongoing, collaborative conversation within the network.

How to publish Environments

In a selected Private Environment’s Action menu (either in the Slide Menu on the Explore/My Resources pages, or the Actions menu in the Environment’s Details page), select “Publish to Network”:

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How to save published Environments to a local node

In a selected Remote Environment’s Action menu (either in the Slide Menu on the Explore/My Resources pages, or the Actions menu in the Environment’s Details page), select “Saved to My Node”:

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