During the 2017 spring semester, I enrolled in Dr. Patricia Galloway’s Digital Archiving and Preservation course. I learned theoretical frameworks to preserve digital materials and born-digital content. Another aspect of the course was working with a group to create an emulator for a Zenith Z-100 computer located in the iSchool’s Digital Archeology Lab. Not only did I learn how to create a VirtualBox emulator from previously imaged 5 1/4 inch floppy disks through trial and error, I also learned the importance of documentation and provenance. My team deemed our emulator a failure because we failed to locate the original floppy disks imaged for the project by another group to compare to the emulator.
Link to emulator and final report coming soon.